“Acting Chinese”: how do Malays manage their racial-religious identity in sinicized Singapore?
Nur Liyana Anuar
Date of Issue2016
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Aimed at overturning the repressive practice of dismissing the unique distinctiveness of different Malay-Muslims into a single identity of belonging to “the problematic and exclusive community”, this study intends to uncover how Malay-Muslims who are perceived to be “successful”, have mediated their racial and religious identity performance in specific ways, in order to fit in, survive and find success in secular, Chinese-dominated Singapore. Through 18 verbal accounts of lived experiences and their subsequent interpretations, this research seeks to analyze how these individuals try to reconcile their already-established Malay-Muslim identity with the dominant social ethos and ideals prevalent in Singapore society.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University