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Representations of women in three Malay hikayat

Nicholls, Daphne (1988) Representations of women in three Malay hikayat. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Traditionally, white Australia has looked overseas for its ideological and educational values and beliefs. Overseas, initially. to England of the colonisers and, latterly, to Europe and America, instead of embracing our nearest neighbours. Southeast Asia. The resultant Anglo-Eurocentric values have led Australia to discount the importance of both the people of Southeast Asia and their culture, a culture relevant to the climate and the region in which we co-exist. As our cultural borrowings are from white patriarchal societies, our educational system explicitly and implicitly has presented a view of the world that indicates that white is superior to non-white people and men are superior to women, with coloured women being at the bottom of that scale. The recent "debate" on multiculturalism has brought all the ignorance and fear of ill-informed Anglo-Eurocentric Australians to the fore, but at least it has graduated to the status of a serious issue. Sexism and sexist language, on the other hand, is still treated as a cause for humour. Racism and sexism combine to mislead Australia about the role of Asian women generally, but it is the women in-the Malayo-Muslim region that we are particularly concerned with here. The racism and sexism of the white patriarchial coloniser is still having an impact on the lives of women in Southeast Asia today by the adoption of Western values…

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Asian Studies
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