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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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The Post-Diasporic Imagination: The Novels of K. S. Maniam

The Post-Diasporic Imagination: The Novels of K. S. Maniam

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Colony, Nation, and Globalisation

Eddie Tay

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the concept of post-diasporic experience in the works of K. S. Maniam, a Malaysian novelist and a third-generation descendent of South Asian migrants who worked as indentured labourers in the plantation estates of British Malaya. It describes Maniam's articulation of a post-diasporic consciousness against the ethnic nationalism expressed in the New Economic Policy. It suggests that his writings do not foreground a diasporic condition per se but rather a struggle to recover the diasporic condition so as to interrogate the socio-political space of the nation.

Keywords:   post-diasporic experience, K. S. Maniam, British Malaya, ethnic nationalism, New Economic Policy

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