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The Myth of the Malaysian Indian Alcoholics & Gangsters

Mohan Ambikaipaker, Associate Professor in Critical Race Theory & Postcolonial Studies, Tulane University; New Orleans; USA

25-Jan-22 15:00

The Myth of the Malaysian Indian Alcoholics & Gangsters

If you’re Malaysian, you’ve probably heard things like “Indians are all gangsters and criminals," or "Indians are alcoholics, drug addicts and wife beaters."

But is the concept of the “rowdy Indian criminal” based on facts or are there systemic issues that need addressing? Is it a myth consciously or subconsciously perpetuated to protect the status quo?

Image credit: Jagat (2015) & Kabali (2016)

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan


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