Batik and Pewter: Symbols of Malaysian pianissimo

Institute of Southeast Asian studies
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Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 2002, 17 (1), pp. 94 - 109
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In an era of globalization, the production and consumption of material symbols to represent or encapsulate aspects of national identity usually embodies the economic decisions of major business players who link with political stakeholders for mutual advantage. For example, the staging of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney saw certain businesses having the "rights" to produce particular icons that were promoted as depicting "Australia". Similarly, when the Commonwealth Games were staged in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, the selling of Malaysia to the outside world included a wide range of artifacts.
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