“Almost the Same, but Not Quite”: Postcolonial Malaysian Identity Formation in Lat’s Kampung Boy and Town Boy

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“Almost the Same, but Not Quite”: Postcolonial Malaysian Identity Formation in Lat’s Kampung Boy and Town Boy

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Title: “Almost the Same, but Not Quite”: Postcolonial Malaysian Identity Formation in Lat’s Kampung Boy and Town Boy
Author: Blackburn, Sarah-SoonLing
Advisor: Tensuan, Theresa M.
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Lat’s comic-book autobiographies "Kampung Boy" and "Town Boy" chronicle the author’s birth in a Perak kampung through his family's move to the town of Ipoh. The books are set during the years surrounding Malaysian independence from British colonial rule; Mat's journey towards finding his individual identity as an adolescent parallels the formation of a new Malaysian national identity. Without a colonial force to unite the highly multicultural populace, the Malaysian people had to form new systems of coherence, which, in the words of Homi K. Bhabha, are "almost the same, but not quite" like those of the absent colonizers.
Subject: Group identity -- Malaysia -- Comic books, strips, etc
Subject: Family -- Malaysia -- Comic books, strips, etc
Subject: Lat -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Lat. Lat, the kampung boy
Subject: Lat. Town boy
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3613

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Blackburn, Sarah-SoonLing. "“Almost the Same, but Not Quite”: Postcolonial Malaysian Identity Formation in Lat’s Kampung Boy and Town Boy". 2009. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3613.

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