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Imagined Malaysia

Imagined Malaysia is a non-profit organization dedicated towards the effort in highlighting alternative and marginalized perspectives in history.
Imagined Malaysia looks to critically interrogate mainstream historical narratives as well as contribute towards the overall promotion of historical literacy and discourse in Malaysia
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Imagined Malaysia looks to critically interrogate mainstream historical narratives as well as contribute towards the overall promotion of historical literacy and discourse in Malaysia
.

We hope to participate in the effort of creating public awareness and education about the differing narratives and stories that may be omitted from the official/master history. The crucial point for us is to address some of the present concerns regarding historical literacy in Malaysia. There is a lack of contestation in the perspective of historical events taking place in the public domain – whether in the form of writing, lectures or debates. We believe that history should not be the domain of experts, shrouded in jargon and left unquestioned. History should be made available and accessible to all. Our organisation aspires to discuss our histories, politics and cultures in forms that are understandable and relatable while retaining all of its nuance.

Hence, we wish to re-popularize interest in attaining knowledge by drawing means of what the region’s intellectual history has to offer. In the long run, we hope that this will be a platform that promotes the role of activist-historians in public education as well as a source of encouragement and inspiration for Malaysian youth to have a critical appreciation for history.

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