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Colony, Nation, and GlobalisationNot at Home in Singaporean and Malaysian Literature$
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Eddie Tay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028740

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028740.001.0001

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‘There is no way out but through’:

‘There is no way out but through’:

Lee Kok Liang and the Malayan Nation

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Colony, Nation, and Globalisation
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Eddie Tay

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028740.003.0005

This chapter examines the postcolonial project of “writing back” against metropolitan representations of Malaya as evidenced in the works of Lee Kok Kiang. It discusses Lee's disenchantment with London and his reclamation of Malaya as his home. It suggests that though Lee was able to return to a vision of Malaya as home and nation, subsequent political events which led to the emergence of Malaysia's ethnic nationalism have come to problematize this vision.

Keywords:   Lee Kok Kiang, Malaya, London, metropolitan representations, writing back, ethnic nationalism

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