Negotiating self-narratives and ethnic identity of Kelantan Peranakan Chinese in northeastern Malaysia


  • Putthida Kijdumnern Cultural anthropology, Faculty of arts and letters, Tohoku University


Kelantan Peranakan Chinese, negotiating of ethnic identity, self-narratives, emic discourse, Hokkien Chinese


This research presents negotiation of self-narratives and the self-identification of Kelantan Peranakan Chinese in everyday life practice and through materials inside community gallery.  The sub-ethnic group encounters an ambiguous definition of ethnic identity since the formation of ethnic groups are heavily influenced by the Malays and Siamese and the problem of Chineseness definition. The study revealed self-narratives that presented how the localized ethnic group constructed new narratives. They reevaluate as a sub-ethnic group that has authentic Hokkien Chinese identity. Also, they reconstruct the meaning of subethnic group as who can compromise with neighbouring ethnic groups. This phenomenon reflects a recent attempt to maintain ethnic identity and revival of local tradition in the public space.


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How to Cite

Kijdumnern, Putthida. 2021. “Negotiating Self-Narratives and Ethnic Identity of Kelantan Peranakan Chinese in Northeastern Malaysia”. Journal of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University 33 (1):42-69.