Taylor's FSLM Journals

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Beyond Arbitrary Labels: Understanding Ethnic Identity Development among Chindians
*Rona Chandran & Mohd Yahya Mohammed Ariffin
Abstract: Malaysia is home to many different ethnic groups. The historical past of the nation has greatly contributed to its multiethnic status today. The National Constitution and the National Principles of Malaysia has assured every citizen the right to religious and cultural freedom, allowing the nation to flourish as a multiethnic state that propagates unity within diversity. The social fabric of…
The Seoul Rubber Duck Project: An Ideological Dichotomy
André Kok
Abstract: An installation of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s “Rubber Duck Project” was on display in Seoul for one month in the fall of 2014 with financial backing from Lotte Group, a large Korean conglomerate. While the installation drew much positive attention, many critics voiced concerns over Lotte using the delightful duck as a way to covertly redirect negative media attention concerning the ongoing construction of the Lotte World Tower and mall towards…
Featuring Poverty: An Analysis on the Knowledge Formation of Poverty During the Coverage of Philippine Calamities in 2013
*Karisha Anne E. Cruz & Carla Patrice S. Cucueco
Abstract: This study examines how knowledge on poverty is formed through news media during the coverage of the 2013 major calamities in the Philippines, particularly, Typhoon Santi, Bohol Earthquake and Super Typhoon Yolanda. We carried out content analysis to identify how the Philippine news media framed the causes and solutions to poverty experienced by victims of…
Televised Ecotopianism: An Ecocritical Analysis on Environmental Risk and Risk Reduction Discourses in Philippine Environmental Documentaries
Jason Paolo R. Telles
Abstract: Environmental and risk communication have become trends in many forms of mass media, including television. In the Philippines, local television stations have joined the bandwagon by producing their own versions of environmental programmes, for example, GMA Network’s award-winning broadcast documentaries such as Signos, Planet Philippines, Wildlife for Sale, and…
Family Leisure Affair: A Qualitative Study on Negotiating Leisure in Families with OFW Parent
*Mariam Jayne M. Agonos, May Pearl B. Bade, Marielle J. Cabuling & Jason V. Mercene
Abstract: In the Philippines, more than 10% of the total Filipino population is working overseas in order to provide a better future for their families. While the purpose of parental migration is for financial stability, the compositional change in the family can bring adverse effects on the children left behind. The sudden change in family composition, that is, having a parent away could…
Women’s Roles and Participation in Rituals in the Maintenance of Cultural Identity: A Study of the Malaysian Iyers
Lokasundari Vijaya Sankar
Abstract: This paper examines the roles and rituals practiced by Malaysian Iyer women. The Iyers are a small community of Tamil Brahmins who live and work mainly in the Klang Valley. As an Indian diasporic community, who moved to Malaysia from the early 1900s, they have been slowly shifting from Tamil to English and Malay. They are upwardly mobile and place great…
Gatekeeping in the Coverage of Interethnic Conflicts: An Analysis of Mainstream and Alternative Newspapers in Malaysia
*Yang Lai Fong & Md. Sidin Ahmad Ishak
Abstract: Ethnicity, religion and related issues have always proved to be a difficult topic for reporting in multicultural societies. This study examined the gatekeeping process undertaken by Malaysian newspapers in reporting interethnic conflicts. The gatekeeping theory was employed as the theoretical framework. Interviews with editors from the mainstream and alternative…
The Perceived Value of Silence and Spoken Words in Malaysian Interactions
*Kuang Ching Hei, Wong Ngan Ling & Maya Khemlani David
Abstract: This paper analysed the perceptions of Malaysians in engaging silence (say nothing) and in using spoken words (talk) as a tool of communication in their daily interactions. Types of topics and situations being discussed were explored in order to detect when silence or words were likely to be used by participants. Self-administered questionnaires were distributed to students and staff of three public universities. Of the 656 samples…
Critical Analysis Of Multiphernia and Identity in Two Selected Malaysian Novels
Hamid Farahmandian
Abstract: The texts that have been selected to analyse multiphrenia and identity issues are Green is the Color by Lloyd Fernando and Mr.Tang’s Girls by Shirley Lim. In this paper, I discuss how post-modern characteristics of self-creation define the protoganist’s identity while in the second novel, I explore the influence of patriarchal society on the shaping of the protagonist’s identity. The patriarchal…