Who are we really?….. Siapakah kita sebenarnya? March 8, 2007Posted by sinchan in Uncategorized.
Look at us…look at our youths…. We are good at ‘aping’ others…a bunch of copycats and imitators. I am reminded of a game called ‘follow the leader’, what the leader does, everyone follows in blind faith. In this instance, the leaders are usually from the Western world, from Europe and America. This is the age of the ‘neo colonialism’, where most parts of the world will lose their own identity, and converge into ‘sameness’…in this case, with very strong American influence. Some quarters in India, and many parts of the world are aware of this new world order…even some of us realise this…..
(http://www.wsu.edu/~amerstu/pop/cultimp.html, http://rajivmalhotra.sulekha.com/blog/post/2002/07/the-axis-of-neocolonialism.htm,http://question-everything.mahost.org/Socio-Politics/American_Empire.html) 6 March 2007
We ‘rock’ like they do…and hope to be better at ‘rocking’ than them. When I address ‘we’, the collectiveness signifies the majority of the visible ‘youth’ population. Our youth ‘rap’ and do many things ‘underground’ and spend so much time there that we start to wonder if they have transformed into ‘moles’. But worst still some have converted themselves into ‘children of the devil’, spawned into punks and followers of cults such as ‘Black Metal’. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punk_rock, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punk_ideology, http://www.freemuse.org/sw12095.asp, http://rocknerd.org/articles/06/01/30/1756215.shtml?tid=19http://community.livejournal.com/malaysians/547570.html) 6 March 2007 They have the ‘American Idols, so we have our ‘Malaysian Idols’. Whatever they do, we ‘adopt’ and ‘adapt’lah. Waah….so teruk one! This is really very pathetic. At least the Indians and Koreans are starting to make a U- turn, from being ‘the mimic man’ to the ex-colonisers and foreign culture, they are exporting their culture. It is now the Western world that is in love or at least fascinated and being influenced by things ‘Bollywood’ and Korean products such as ‘Korean Drama Series’. The West would love to dance the Hindi dance or even the exotic ‘belly dance’ from the Middle East. Even Shakira could be seen gyrating her belly with Middle Eastern charm at prestigious award ceremonies and performances (maybe she is proud of her Middle Eastern origin). (http://www.kreees.com/idol/index.asp, http://www.musicmall-asia.com/malaysia/syncretic/dangdut.html,http://www.freewebs.com/onez_1/listdangdut.htm, http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/newamericans/culturalriches/music_indian.html,http://www.hackwriters.com/koreanculture.htm) 6 March 2007
And here we are, so rapt and in love with other peoples brand of culture…we ‘dangdut’ all night, and ‘rap’ and ‘boogey’ and what-nots…sometimes like apes out of the remote jungles( some of their dance- people from outside Malaysia, are nice but do not be obsessed by them to the point that we lose our own identity). Not many are interested in our culture, songs, dance or anything about ourselves….Why??Why??? Come on man…why are we fascinated and tergila-gila by the Mad/Mat Salleh dance, songs with negative lyrics, gyrating at the dangdut…while our own music is not so popular there– you know where….( I am not trying to instil hatred…just saying that we love too much of the ‘other’) It is because we are not keen enough to ‘package’ ourselves and promote our unique culture. This is not to say that we should be a bunch of capitalist and join the band wagon of ‘Consumerism’. It’s just that, we should be aware of our own ‘beauty’ and ‘strength’, our own personality.
We are happy to be ‘followers’ not the trend setters….not being ‘true’ to ourselves. Our ways and culture are beautiful, full of Eastern value, refine qualities, softness and delicateness….yet we are ‘blinded’ by our fascination of things across the ‘straights’, oceans and continents…So guys and gals…how long do you want to be ‘monyets’…and just good at ‘aping’. Part of my aspiration is to see ‘Malaysian’ fabrics, couture, and cuisine, songs, dance, and narrative, culture and products to be embraced and loved by others out there, apart from us Malaysians. Be proud of who ‘we’ are, our heritage. We are beautiful and strong, we should learn to be aware and appreciate ourselves.(http://www.islamonline.net/English/ArtCulture/Heritage/2006/11/01.shtml