March 2007


Exchanging Culture..

Posted Friday, 23 March 2007 by
Categories: Reflection

Recently I’ve been a YouTube regular visitor, shop looking for any interesting video that relates to my research topic. This video is from The Global Youth Citizen workshop that been held in Bogor, Indonesia. I assume that the participant is teenager between 20-25 or perhaps younger. What interest me is the effort that these students try to make to blend in to this community. And also try to understand each other cultural differences. In this workshop some of the issues that been discuss is about the issues of identity. Again why is identity important to each of them? Or to us?

Changing Culture

Posted Thursday, 22 March 2007 by
Categories: Reflection

I’ve been discussing, condom chatting, interviewing and reading lots of thing about the issues of identity. Until now the issues of identity still ambiguous. Why identity need to be interpret as one? Why must there be a single identity? After few months discussing about issues of Malaysian identity in the virtual round table these are my conclusion.

Identity represent certain group of people, an image or history supporting the group. Identity in Oxford English Dictionary is define as ‘the fact of being who or what a person or thing is’.

My defination and understanding of identity might be different to my mother or my grandmother defination of identity. Identity changed, transform and evolved through time and generation. There are many reasons of the changes of identity. It can be education, technologies, goverment laws, political, religions and belief, tradition and lifestyle. It can change because of the new era of globalisation and free market. Further more, it can also be, because of the freedom to choose.

And it doesn’t have to be a single identity. It can be multi identity in any country, or places or person. Identity evolved and transform!
This is one of interesting Petronas Malaysian Ad for Deepavali festival in Malaysia 2006. Deepavali, information pills
also called Diwali or Divali, ambulance
is a major Hindu festival that is very significant in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. Known as the “Festival of Lights,” it symbolises the victory of good over evil, and lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for mankind. Deepavali is one of main festival celebration in Malaysia.

Malaysia is changing, progressively. Thanks to the education system, development, technology and globalisation. But for the younger generation since 1999, being westernised, through action, wearing branded item clothing and speaking in English can define certain status in Malaysia.