Lecture Modules

5th AEI-ASEM Summer School 2019
Theme : “Multiculturalism in Asia And Europe”
Date : 11-17 June 2019 – University of Malaya, Malaysia | 20-29 June 2019 – University of Limerick, Ireland


  1. Malaysia: The Road to Nationhood
    While pre-modern Malaysia shaped by multiple classical narratives, such as The Malaccan Sultanate and the Hindu-Buddha cultural expansion, modern road to nationhood faces increasing challenge especially in the post-war eras (Second World War). Malaysia and The Federation of Malaya undergo massive nation building that including governance, political institutions, electoral systems, identity and cultural institutions, foreign policies, among others. This module, hosted by experts or Malaysian modern history, aimed at build understanding modern Malaysia and the challenging journey to Malaysian nationhood.
  2. Indigenous Society in Malaysia
    The indigenous people of Malaysia are some of the oldest inhabitants of the land. Their historically-rich, mysterious lifestyles, and cultures have been the subject of fascination to many. The first people to live in the area were indigenous tribes that still remain; they were followed by the Malays, who moved there from mainland Asia in ancient times. Chinese and Indian cultural influences made their mark when trade began with those countries, and increased with immigration to Malaysia.  Other cultures that heavily influenced that of Malaysia include Persian, Arabic, and British.  The many different ethnicities that currently exist in Malaysia have their own unique and distinctive cultural identities, with some crossover.
  3. The Peranakans of Malaysia
    This course will provide an in depth study and discussion of the Peranakan Chinese community in South East Asia and particularly in Malaysia.  Modern South East Asia as we know it today with strong nation states was very different in the time of our grandparents.  It was a collection of colonial possessions of the key European colonial powers, namely the Dutch, British and French.  South East Asian colonies were prized for the fact that they were rich in resources and remitted untold wealth to their colonial masters.  It is within these realms that the Peranakan Chinese communities operated and thrived in a heady concoction of balancing and making the most of their connexion with the native rulers, populations and colonial powers.  Over a stretch of four afternoons we will see how the Peranakan Chinese communities thinly spread throughout the Malay Archipelago and insular South East Asia (namely, Thailand and Burma) cooperated and blossomed.  For a small hybrid community the Peranakans have contributed greatly to the economic, political and social development of the key ASEAN members of Singapore and Malaysia.
  4. Music and Movements: Dances Through Heritage
    Traditions, customs, festivals, arts and heritage.
  5. The Challenges of Multiculturalism in Asia and Europe
    Multiculturalism is a complex issue and can be approached from many different angles. In contemporary debates, it has come to be seen as a collective term for societies that are multi-ethnic and multi-faith, containing several groups of people with different ancestry. We live in the age of globalization, and more and more societies are becoming diverse and multi-ethnic because of increased mobility.  There has been considerable debate in recent years arguing about the failure of multiculturalism. It can be argued that multiculturalism has brought with it a number of challenges both on a global scale and in countries with high contingents of ethnic minorities.
  6. Lecturer/ Speaker: From University of Limerick
  7. Lecturer/ Speaker: From University of Limerick

Provisional lecture modules. May be subject to change.