Friday, 20 April 2012

Jawi Peranakan Experience in Malaysia

This is a response by a reader for my post on Identities and Ethnicities (13 Oct 2010). I have re-posted the response here for visibility.

Call for Entries on the Jawi Peranakan Experience in Malaysia

Would you like your family to be featured in an exciting book on the Jawi Peranakan? Do you know your family genealogy? Can you do a kinship chart?

I am helping to edit a collection of autobiographical stories and part anthology on the lives and experiences of being Jawi Peranakan in Malaysia. Its editors are respected women of Jawi Peranakan descent.

The Jawi Peranakan of Penang, Kedah, Melaka and of other Malaysian cities were locally-born, Malay- and, often, English-speaking Muslims of mixed non-Malay and Malay ancestry. See also the definition of Jawi Peranakan in the book “Straits Muslims: Diasporas of the Northern Passage of the Straits of Malacca” by Wazir Jahan Karim et al (2009).

Each prose piece must be autobiographical in nature, but considerable latitude will be given to content and narrative style. Manuscripts in English should be double-spaced using Word format and not be more than 10 pages or 2,500 words in length. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

The best nine entries will be accepted for publication in the collection mentioned above. Those chosen for publication will be asked to submit scanned family photos to accompany their pieces. Photos should be high resolution of above 300 pixels. They should contain detailed captions of place, date of event, description of persons in the photo from left to right, with comments on the persons’ dress, context of photos, etc.

This is a great chance for you to test your talent as a writer.

Submit entries for consideration by July 1, 2012 to Questions on prose requirements may be directed to this email address as well.

April 20, 2012 11:29 AM


Anonymous said...

Salam Prof,
I strongly feel that the term Jawi Peranakan or Jawi Pekan has been abused by some quarters for their own self interest. As far as i know the JP is the clan or race of an Indian Father and a Malay father. I see some quarters..especially Prof Wazir Jahan Karim claiming that the Indian Diaspora has resulted in the JP community. We have to distinguish between the Indian diaspora who did not marry with the Malay woman and those who continue marrying Indians or women of Indian descent who cannot claim to be JP.Pls also take note that Prof Wazir Jahan Karim keep saying that Pakistani people who are now in Malaysia are JP...they are not if they do not marry a malaay...and for the record there was no Pakistan yet before all those who came to Malaysia before 1947 are Indians...thus the term JP was coined...but they have to marry a local malay woman to be known as JP. Pls correct me if i am wrong as i am going to take this question of definition at the highest level as i feel it has been abused for the advantage of certain quarters. Nevertheless people who come from India...or if their forefathers come from India and are Muslims and practised and speak malay can be known as a Malay....but they do not fall under the category of JP. I will take this up with Persatuan Melayu Pulau Pinang as i understand there was a lot of issues and unnecessary bickering in the proposed Penang Malays Islamic Museum at the Teh Bunga bungalow in Hutton Lane.
23 oct 2012 3.30 am.