Importance Of Asian Anthropology

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There have been many discussions and contributions to the idea of how Asian anthropology and anthropologists have managed to contest to Eurocentric knowledge, resulting in bringing fresh new ideas to the anthropological practice; done through methods of postmodernist ethnography. A reason why Asian anthropology brings fresh new ideas is firstly because of the involvement of local anthropologists that belong to the indigenous group to participate in knowledge production and secondly, on local and Asian anthropologists have managed to involve different voices, which aims to have a more true representation of the subjects in their anthropological writings. Where as before, in Western discourse and classical ethnography, there is the idea of a…show more content…
For example, in Brunei, a lot of traditional games and practices are endangered to being extinct. This is because there is lack of initiation and exposure to maintain these practices to be passed down to generations. Also, most youth nowadays are very fluent in English than being in Malay, as being fluent in Malay is sometimes seen as “too traditional”. With reference to one of the projects written by Linda Tuhiwai Smith (1999), “revitalization initiatives in languages encompass education, broadcasting, publishing, and community-based programmes” (p147). This notion suggests the importance of re-strengthening and revitalizing language and culture to prevent in them being…show more content…
This can be seen as a contrast to Eurocentric anthropology practice as the idea of indigenisation is not so prevalent in their writings. According to Zawawi Ibrahim and Noorshah M.S. (2012), the aim to indigenisation of social sciences is to expand to alternative discourse that is in influence of Orientalism (as founded by Edward Said), to be able to oppose knowledge shaped by colonial power. Also, Zawawi Ibrahim (2015) cited Atal to define the idea of ‘indigenisation’; which means to exchange the external and Western ideas with local and internal, as internal knowledge creates an “incorporation, localization and fine tuning of the concepts in the context of local circumstances” (p49). This highlights the importance of participation of local intellectuals to produce own knowledge to be able to create validity and representativeness from the inside point of view, and this is to replace the outsiders and Western discourse that might not be valid and in line to reality of the locals. Zawawi (2015) further elaborated his argument of the importance of indigenisation with the support of the idea imposed by Syed Hussein Alatas, where he criticized colonial knowledge; by for instance, challenging the colonial point of view on Malay laziness and underdevelopment. He also discussed on how

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