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Threads of Gold: The Rise of Indochinese Enterprises In Terengganu. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1906881
  • June 2009
  • 84 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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It has been more than 20 years since the Cham
community settled en masse in Kuala Terengganu,
Malaysia. Yet, hardly much is written
about them. This book aims to provide an
ethnographical study and examine the immediate
history, networks and identity of the Cham Diaspora.
The locals had assumed that they are either ‘Malays’
from Cambodia or ‘Vietnamese Muslim converts’. They
are Muslim-Cham from Cambodia and Vietnam, who
fearing the assaults of the Pol Pot regime and
possible threats to their identity-and-religion,
have from 1975 begun to flee to
various United Nations-run refugee camps in
Thailand, hoping to be resettled in Malaysia. From
their initial occupations as petty traders and odd
job labourers, they have emerged as successful
textile and gold retailers in KT. They have also
built a socio-economic network within their
community on which they could depend for various
form of support. This book would be of interest to
anthropologists and political analysts who are
studying minority group relations and the social-
political dynamics of refugees-local population

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Sue Chia, Ng.
Ng Sue-Chia, MSc: International Political Economy, Nanyang
Technological University

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