Taking Physical Space or Making Cultural Space? Multicultural Peace Depends on Which We Prefer

By Dato’ Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

February 2024 EDITORIAL
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SPACE: The final frontier…Good slogan. Classic. Melodramatic, evocative. And totally anthropocentric; to be sure, Space is after all 100% of the Universe, minus this negligible and infinitesimally small pebble we call Earth. But the opening line of Star Trek does work though. Suggestive, bold and inspiring, even if silly.It is a placemaking attempt though. Space: The final frontier. Definitely placemaking writ large. Couldn’t be larger. Pure physical extension.We can then come closer to home and envision our own galaxy. There...

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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