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|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||Citation:||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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