Why Cultures Co-Exist Better Than Ethnicities

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

March 2023 FEATURE
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ABOUT 30 YEARS ago, a very influential Malaysian scholar wrote the following incisive and insightful paragraphs:“I contend that, like most social phenomena, identity formation takes place within what I would call a ‘two social reality’ context: first, the ‘authority-defined’ social reality, one which is authoritatively defined by people who are part of the dominant power structure; and, second, the ‘everyday-defined’ social reality, one which is experienced by the people in the course of their everyday lives. These two social realities...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: wikibeng.com