The Post-Diasporic Imagination: The Novels of K. S. Maniam

Eddie Tay

in Colony, Nation, and Globalisation

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028740
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206762 | DOI:
The Post-Diasporic Imagination: The Novels of K. S. Maniam

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This chapter examines the concept of post-diasporic experience in the works of K. S. Maniam, a Malaysian novelist and a third-generation descendent of South Asian migrants who worked as indentured labourers in the plantation estates of British Malaya. It describes Maniam's articulation of a post-diasporic consciousness against the ethnic nationalism expressed in the New Economic Policy. It suggests that his writings do not foreground a diasporic condition per se but rather a struggle to recover the diasporic condition so as to interrogate the socio-political space of the nation.

Keywords: post-diasporic experience; K. S. Maniam; British Malaya; ethnic nationalism; New Economic Policy

Chapter.  5221 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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