Why Indigenous Rights Matter

By Puah Sze Ning

February 2013 PHOTO ESSAY
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Being proud of where you come from was something unfamiliar to me until I started working with the indigenous rights movement. Like many urban kids, I grew up influenced by western media and took very little pride in my own culture and traditions. Instead, I wished I was born in countries of many seasons which captivated me in the books I read and the movies I watched. My family was not traditional, but we did some “Chinese” things, like burning...

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Puah Sze Ning

has been working with Indigenous communities in Malaysia for over 15 years, assisting in advocacy training, documentation and welfare aid. She is also an accomplished photographer.