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Straits eclectic: an architectural style which combines diverse elements - fusing Chinese forms with Western ornament; incorporating climate adaptations from the Indian sub-continent and Malay archipelago; reflecting the 'rojak' nature of Malaysia.

"Whenever the idealistic among us speak about a better Malaysia, we tend to focus on the thing that unite us: the food, the fes
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Paperback, 123 pages
Published November 2017 by Gerakbudaya Enterprise
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Herinza Syadza
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Used to think why I hate this country so much, but this book reminded me why this land is beautiful, and I shouldn't leave. Thank you for the beautiful stories! ...more
Kerynnisa
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Malaysia and Brunei are similar enough that I can relate to many things and issues that are Malaysian, but the two countries are so different in some fundamental ways that these dissimilarities are always a surprise, refreshing, and distant enough for me to view objectively. From this position and as an academic I full-on devoured this book, which is packed with well-written, thoughtful and thought-provoking pieces from contributors of different backgrounds. All the pieces touch on identity poli ...more
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Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Straits eclectic: an architectural style which combines diverse elements - fusing Chinese forms with Western ornament; incorporating climate adaptations from the Indian sub-continent and Malay archipelago; reflecting the 'rojak' nature of Malaysia.

I believe seldom some books are meant for you to read at a certain point in your lifetime; this is one of them for me. I like reading essays written by the youth because they tend to see the flaws in society better than the older generations and won’t
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Fadillah
If you're having a love-hate relationship with Malaysia, you will love this book. Some of the stories are written in the place of privileges and some are not. Some felt isolated and some felt abandoned by this land that we called 'NegaraKu'. My favorite pieces of writing in this book would be 'Meritocracy and Malaysian Chinese' and 'Malaysian First, Muslim Second, Malay Third'. ...more
Georgette
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I recovered this book under a pile of junk on my desk and made a push to finish the last two essays. Like most multi-author compilations, there are stories I can relate to and others that I don’t get at all. The last one struck me the most in this post-BN administration. Marvin Wong’s Occupying Spaces is a snapshot of an era we hope to see the last of.
Siti Aziz
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Modern writings on Malaysia - a country reimagined, swept by tides of change steep with cultural nuances
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Straits Eclectic
by Lily Jamaludin, Rayner SY, Zedeck Siew, Muhd Febriansyah, Sally Sloth, Ho Yi Jian, Soon-Tzu Speechley, Jonathan Yong, Azira Aziz, William Tham Wai Liang, Marvin Wong, Wan Phing Lim
edited by Nine
Published by Gerakbudaya Enterprise
Goodread's Rating: 4.21/5
My Rating: 4.45/5

"I'll give you another confession: That echo I feel whenever I sing the national anthem isn't a lack of love for arbitrary borders that make up Malaysia; it's the reverse. It's the feeling that I've learnt to l
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Jessica
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finished reading this one! Despite there were few essays that didn't work that well with me, I enjoyed this book tremendously. The introduction was strong and powerful, and I can definitely see myself revisiting this book once in a while reading my favourite pieces.

My top 5 favourite essays would be:

1. Understanding Return - Lily Jamaludin
2. Malay in Inverted Commas - Muhd Febriansyah
3. Nirvana - Lily Jamaludin
4. Slowly, Slowly into the Night - Wan Phing Lim
5. Occupying Spaces - Marvin Wong
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Yat
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I gave 5 stars because Nine is my friend and I'm bias like that. ...more
Faidz Zainal Abidin
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This collection is a hit and miss for me. Most were really good and honestly written but I do find the style of writing a bit 'pretentious' in an essay or two. ...more
Munirah Mn
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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A book about our love-hate relationship with Malaysia. If you read for the sake of escapism, this may not be for you. Contains voices worth listening to.
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