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Leaves of the Same TreeTrade and Ethnicity in the Straits of Melaka$
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Leonard Y. Andaya

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831899

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831899.001.0001

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The Orang Asli/Suku Terasing and the Malayu

The Orang Asli/Suku Terasing and the Malayu

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(p.202) Chapter 7 The Orang Asli/Suku Terasing and the Malayu
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Leaves of the Same Tree
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Leonard Y. Andaya

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831899.003.0008

This chapter explores the Orang Asli, an ethnic category known as “Suku Terasing” in Indonesia. It provides another example of how a shift in trade affects relationships between groups, leading to a reassessment of ethnic boundaries. Prior to the late nineteenth century, the relations between the Malayu and the Orang Asli/Suku Terasing were marked by profitable economic arrangements. But the transformation of the land from forests to agricultural export plantations removed the relevance of the Orang Asli/Suku Terasing as the suppliers of highly desired forest products. The chapter shows how the pressures of modernity, the nation-state, and the competitive global economy made the lifestyle and economic pursuits of the forest and hill people increasingly irrelevant and undervalued.

Keywords:   Orang Asli, Suku Terasing, ethnic boundaries, Malayu, economic arrangements, modernity, global economy

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