Tag Archives: Malaysia

Imaginative Assemblages of of Transcendent/Desire: Non-Heteronormative Malaysian Men Speak Up and Talk Back

Goh, Joseph N. “Imaginative Assemblages of of Transcendent/Desire: Non-Heteronormative Malaysian Men Speak Up and Talk Back.” Critical Research on Religion 4, no. 2 (August 2016): 125-140.   Abstract Many non-heteronormative Malaysian men find themselves on the receiving end of political, socio-cultural, and religious condemnations of their sexual identifyings and expressions. Their lived realities are often considered invalid, including from religious and theological perspectives. This article is a queer socio-theological project that examines the lived realities of six non-heteronormative Malaysian men who speak up and talk Read More +

Daring to Hope

The commemoration of the birth of Christ draws nigh, signalling a time for people from all walks of life to celebrate a renewal of hope and peace. The portrayal of the helpless Newborn in a cave in Bethlehem reflects the helplessness of so many people in Malaysia who remain cradled by the political, economic, and even socio-religious ideologies of others. Malaysians have witnessed a multitude of events in 2015 that have caused us to question what it means to be Malaysians in the twenty-first century. Read More +

Our Lady of Subang Jaya

Goh, Joseph N. Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present, ed. Patrick J. Hayes, s.v. “Our Lady of Subang Jaya.” Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016.   Description of Encyclopedia: Miracles give hope to the hopeless and exemplify the intersection of the divine and the mundane. They have shaped world history and continue to influence us through their presence in films, television, novels, and popular culture. This encyclopedia provides a unique resource on the philosophical, historical, religious, and cross-cultural Read More +

Identity Formations in Contemporary Malaysia: Traversing and Transcending Ethnicity

Marco Ferrarese, Joseph N. Goh, Julian C. H. Lee and Caryn Lim. “Identity Formations in Contemporary Malaysia: Traversing and Transcending Ethnicity.” In Malaysia Post-Mahathir: A Decade of Change?, edited by James Chin and Joern Dosch, 41-69. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2015.   “… ethnicity as a point of primary identity construction is being traversed and transcended … as the authors demonstrate, at the wider socio-political level members of civil society movements, such as Bersih and Seksualiti Merdeka, have deliberately sought to either explore non-ethnic identities or Read More +

Preach to the Converted – With Julian C. H. Lee

Lee, Julian C. H. with Joseph N. Goh. “Preach to the Converted.” In Second Thoughts: On Malaysia, Globalisation, Society and Self, authored and edited by Julian C. H. Lee, 179-181. Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, 2015. “You don’t need to go to many activist events before you encounter someone who, upon looking around and seeing familiar faces, expresses the regret that the hosts of the event are ‘preaching to the converted.’”            

‘Gay’ Umbrellas Seen At #Kitalawan Rally

By Teh Wei Soon KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 11 — … and local politician makes a startling, groundbreaking, earth-shattering, highly-intellectual discovery, and then proceeds to speak on behalf of all LGBTIQ Malaysians because he knows better: “Gay umbrella? Perhaps there were some rally supporters who did not know that it represents gay pride.” Read more. This excerpt posted here claims no credit for any information or image posted herein: it merely hosts such information or images. The original authors, owners and/or sources hold the copyright to Read More +

Thilaga Sulathireh: Malaysian LGBTI Human Rights Defender

By Lene Swetzer at ISHR. ‘I’m queer, and it just made sense to be part of the LGBTI movement.’ Thilaga Sulathireh initially joined the struggle for LGBTI rights in Malaysia in response to her own experience of discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. She now devotes herself to promoting and protecting the rights of others. The violence and discrimination inflicted on the LGBTI community in Malaysia, particularly on trans people, strengthened Thilaga’s determination to promote transgender rights, and challenge patriarchal norms and oppressive religious Read More +

The State and Future of the Study of Gender in Malaysia from a Multi-disciplinary Perspective: Disciplinary and Methodological Challenges and Opportunities

The study of gender is often subsumed by the predominating focus on race, ethnicity, and religion in Malaysia. In fact, such an unbalanced social and cultural emphasis belies the hegemony of androcentrism in scholarly production. But for scholars already engaged in gender, how have their contributions shape the bigger, if alternate, picture of scholarship on gender in the Malaysian context? This roundtable discussion aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to engage in a conversation about the present state and future directions Read More +

Sacred Sexual Touch: Illness, Sexual Bodies and Sacramental Anointing in Rural Bidayŭh Villages

Goh, Joseph N. “Sacred Sexual Touch: Illness, Sexual Bodies and Sacramental Anointing in Rural Bidayŭh Villages.” Rural Theology: International, Ecumenical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives 12, no. 1 (May 2014): 42-52.   Although the sacrament of anointing has undergone a major shift in focus from the dying to the sick after Vatican II, the official ritual maintains that its administration necessitates an ordained minister. This exclusive prerogative, coupled with the number of priests that is disproportionate to an increasing growth of baptized laity, underscores the reality that Read More +