[PRE-ORDER] Revisiting Malaya: Uncovering Historical and Political Thoughts in Nusantara

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"The contents of this volume go a long way to furthering our understanding of many dimensions of the difficult issues involved, including the national question." Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

The concept of ‘Malaya’ continues to exert a powerful draw on our imagination, steeped in exotism and Orientalist reductions. Even decades after the end of the colonial period, it casts a long shadow over modern-day Malaysia and the rest of maritime Southeast Asia. How can we understand this constantly transforming subjectivity? Most importantly, how do we recognise the continuation of problems inherited from colonisation, and overcome these distorted discourses?

Revisiting Malaya seeks to explicitly address these problems, taking regional Cold War divisions and historical links and fractures into consideration. By considering a wide range of topics presented by speakers at two landmark conferences, from the propaganda efforts of the Malayan Film Unit to the visionary writings of visionaries and revolutionaries, ranging from Usman Awang to Tan Malaka, this book uses ‘Malaya as method’ to better understand historical and contemporary realities.


Show Ying Xin is a postdoctoral fellow at the Malaysia Institute, Australian National University and lecturer at ANU's School of Culture, History & Language. She received Ph.D. in literature from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is interested in Southeast Asian history and literature, and her current research project looks at the cultural history of Sinophone/Chinese community in the making of Malaya during the Cold War through literature. She is the Mandarin translator of Singapore writer Alfian Sa’at’s short stories collection Malay Sketches. 

Ngoi Guat Peng is associate professor at the Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia (Chinese Program). She received her PhD from the School of Arts and Social Sciences of the National University of Singapore. Her research interest includes Chinese intellectual history, Neo-Confucianism and the history and literature of Malaysia and Singapore. She has published a monograph entitled Unity of Jun Dao and Shi Dao: The Discourse of “Unity of Three Teachings” in Late Ming Period in 2016 and a collection of essays called Malaysian Chinese Literary Criticism in 2019.

Page Count: 511pp



  • Foreword 1 / Jomo Kwame Sundaram
  • Foreword 2 / Syed Husin Ali
  • Introduction/ Show Ying Xin / Towards “Malaya as method”: Revisiting Nusantara thoughts through Malaya
  • Chapter 1/ Abdul Rahman Embong / Revisiting Malaya: Envisioning the nation, the history of ideas and the idea of history
  • Chapter 2/ Hong Lysa / Revisiting Malaya: Malayan dream or Singaporean nightmare?
  • Chapter 3/ Thum Ping Tjin / The Malayan vision of Lim Chin Siong: Unity, non-violence and popular sovereignty
  • Chapter 4/ Khor Teik Huat / Malaya’s constitution-making process and ethnic entanglement
  • Chapter 5/ Lai Chee Kien / Malaya in art and architecture
  • Chapter 6/  Quah Sy Ren / Imagining Malaya, practising multiculturalism:The Malayan consciousness of Singaporean Chinese intellectuals in the 1950s
  • Chapter 7/ Wai-Siam Hee / The making of Malaya: On the Malayan Film Unit’s Cold War moving images
  • Chapter 8/ Teo Lee Ken /Usman Awang: Justice, literature and society
  • Chapter 9/ Budiawan / Cultural and political relations between Malay(sian) writers and their Indonesian counterparts, 1950–1965
  • Chapter 10/ Mohamed Salleh Lamry / A history of the Tenth Regiment’s struggles
  • Chapter 11/ Ngoi Guat Peng / The historical discourse on the Malay communists and its limitation
  • Chapter 12/ Ho Kee Chye / Returning to Malaya: The strategy and significance of the Communist Party of Malaya’s southward advance
  • Chapter 13/ Ngu Ik-Tien / Ethnicity and nationalism: Ideological struggles in Sarawak after the Second World War
  • Chapter 14/ Hilmar Farid / The Malay question in Indonesia
  • Chapter 15/ Sandra Khor Manickam / Wartime imaginings of an archipelagic community: Fajar Asia and the quest for peninsula Malayan and Indonesian unity
  • Chapter 16/ Rommel A. Curaming / Rizal and the rethinking of the analytics of Malayness
  • Chapter 17/ Ramon Guillermo / Andres Bonifacio: Proletarian hero of the Philippines and Indonesia
  • Chapter 18/ Budiawan / How do Indonesians remember Konfrontasi? Indonesia– Malaysia relations and the popular memory of “Confrontation” after the fall of Suharto
  • Chapter 19/ Farabi Fakih / Malaysia as an “Other” in Indonesian popular discourse
  • Chapter 20/ Maznah Mohamad / Religion and politics in Malaysian nation-building: A “double-movement” of hegemonic and plural Islam
  • Chapter 21/ Francis Loh Kok Wah / Ethnic diversity and the nation state: From centralisation in the age of nationalism to decentralisation amidst globalisation


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