The more individual stories we acknowledge, the more authentic our national history


Cultures are defined by their literature. In fact, in Chinese – classical or modern – the same term is used for both. What this tells us is that a country’s self-consciousness is vibrant and alive only if writing is strongly encouraged among its population.

Balik kampung – a true Malaysian tradition

One thing common to most Malaysians is the balik kampung tradition. This goes even for those millions who have left the country over the last 50 years, who return whenever they can to visit relatives, friends and old haunts.

Now, there are many salient aspects to this. First, it shows how important family is to Malaysians. That reflects how mobile they are or have become. Second, this tradition is a rich source of experiences that are typically Malaysian, involving joy, excitement and tragedies.

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