The politics of tourism: ethnic Chinese spaces in Malaysia

Thirumaran, Kailasam (2006) The politics of tourism: ethnic Chinese spaces in Malaysia. In: Burns, Peter, and Novelli, Marina, (eds.) Toursims and Polics: Global Frameworks and Local Realities. Advances in Toursim Research . Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 193-209.

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Southeast Asia is experiencing an era of strong growths in Chinese tourist arrivals.1 Malaysia like many countries in the region has numerous ethnic Chinese heritage sites that reflect over 6 centuries of relations with China.2 However, the Malaysian government turned its attention only recently, to the potential use of ethnic Chinese heritage for the pur¬poses of tourism. A confluence of intensifying relations with China and the dynamics of Malay majority and ethnic Chinese minority politics in Malaysia appears to have an impact on the tourism landscape. This chapter argues that Malaysia's tourism policy has crossed the Rubicon of Malay ethno-nationalism, which comes to terms with global realignments and local political realities that allows for ethnic Chinese heritage to emerge in the tourism landscape.

Item ID: 29410
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 05:50
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150605 Tourism Resource Appraisal @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy @ 25%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis @ 50%
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