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MUSEUMS, HISTORY AND CULTURE IN MALAYSIA. Abu Talib Ahmad. NUS Press, National University of Singapore, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. 342 pp. with 19 ills. (7 col.). 23 x 16 cm ISBN 9789971698195 In English.
Publisher's description: It is not easy being a Museum Director in Malaysia--culture and history are seen as sensitive subjects, always viewed through ethnic and political lenses, and national narratives are highly contested. The post-colonial transformation of Malaysia's National Museum from a general museum covering history, culture and natural history, into a more focused history museum serves as a backdrop for the study of the tensions in Malaysia's national narratives as expressed in museum displays and designs. Many of Malaysia's museums in fact contest the National Museum's overarching narrative. This contestation can be seen in differing or changing treatments of a variety of subjects: the portrayal of Malaysia's pre-Islamic past, the history and heritage of the Melaka sultanate, memories of the Japanese Occupation, national cultural policy, and cultural differences between the Federation's constituent states. This study reads selected museums and memorials in Penang, Kedah, Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, Kelantan and Terengganu, as well as three memorials dedicated to national heroes (first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, long-time Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and film and recording artist P. Ramlee).
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — Malaysia — Post-1945 — Several Media — Museum Studies
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166831
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