Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022463410000275
Title: Unofficial contentions: The postcoloniality of Straits Chinese political discourse in the Straits Settlements Legislative Council
Authors: Goh, D.P.S. 
Issue Date: Oct-2010
Source: Goh, D.P.S. (2010-10). Unofficial contentions: The postcoloniality of Straits Chinese political discourse in the Straits Settlements Legislative Council. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 41 (3) : 483-507. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022463410000275
Abstract: This paper reads the debates of the Straits Settlements Legislative Council to trace the political contentions over policies affecting the Chinese community in Malaya. These contentions brought the Straits Chinese unofficials to engage the racial ambivalence of British rule in Malaya, in which the Straits Chinese was located as both a liberal subject and an object of colonial difference. Contrary to conventional historiography which portrays Straits Chinese political identity as one of conservative loyalty to the Empire, I show that the Straits Chinese developed multiple and hybrid political identities that were postcolonial in character, which would later influence the politics of decolonisation and nation-building after the war. Copyright © The National University of Singapore 2010.
Source Title: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52484
ISSN: 00224634
DOI: 10.1017/S0022463410000275
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