Malaysian Hybridity: Issues of Kinship Practices and Identity Crisis

  • ALICIA LOH CHUI YINN
  • NWANESI PETER KARUBI

Abstract

This article explores the issues of hybridity and its impacts and bearing to identity crisis in relation to kinship practices among the Euro-Asian families in Malaysia. To demonstrate the empirical and scientific nature of this study, qualitative methods were used whereby respondents were interviewed either face to face interview or through audio interviews. Furthermore, focus Group Discussion and empirical observation were fully utilized to obtain and analyzed for both quality and logical conclusion. Indeed, the data from the field demonstrate that the offspring of mixed marriages had either conscious identity crisis, unconscious or denied identity crisis or no identity crisis due to factors such as religion, socializing, education, and exposure by parents. Thus, the majority of the research respondents identified themselves based on “Others” but there are complexities to this when it comes to formal and informal identification.
Keywords: Family, hybridity, identity crisis, kinship, mixed-marriages

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Published
2018-12-17
Section
Social Sciences and Humanities