Posts by Simon Soon
Where does the creole stand in the construction of Malayness? Simon pays attention to spaces of encounter, enacting a counter-cartography.
Shadows and Shades of Sovereignty (5/5)
How did British colonialists use language and maps used to establish dominion over the land of Malaya? In this article, Simon traces the idea of indigeneity in maps, texts and photographs.
The Bahasa of Politics (4/5)
In a wide-ranging survey of sources, Simon tells a story of how nature was implicated in the colonial project of making of the Malay archipelago.
Splendid Possibilities for the Planter and the Merchant (3/5)
Mahen Bala’s social history of Malaya and Selangor Mansions emerges from a loose series of recollections from those who call or have called it their home.
Simon dwells into how one early colonial journal rigidified geographical, racial and language categorisations.