Cultural maintenance within the Tamil minority in Kuching: spanning three generations

Ponmalar, N.A. and Dealwis, C. and David, M.K. (2016) Cultural maintenance within the Tamil minority in Kuching: spanning three generations. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 45 (2). pp. 145-175. ISSN 1747-5759, DOI

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This paper intends to determine whether the minority Tamil immigrant community in Kuching, Sarawak still maintains its heritage culture or has assimilated it with the dominant cultures in Sarawak. Are the Tamils in Kuching still maintaining their cultural norms? The data comes from a set of questionnaires investigating language, social and cultural identity, and unstructured interviews spanning three generations. The results show that, while some assimilation has occurred, the community has maintained its cultural identity. The most interesting revelation is the growing number of the younger generation who are adapting their heritage and cultural norms, clearly demonstrating Gibson’s accommodation and acculturation without assimilation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Culture maintenance; Accommodation; Acculturation without assimilation; Minority community; Tamils; Kuching; Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 02:36
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2017 02:36

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