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Mereka Utusan: Imprinting Malay Modernity, 1920s-1960s

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Exhibition Catalogue

Three booklets in one pack

Bilingual: English and Malay


Featuring colour reproductions of ads, magazine covers and photographs


Merdeka Utusan presents insights into the development of Malay modernity and identity through the language of advertisements and editorial cartoons produced during the 1920s-1960s. Through these features, Malay modernity and identity were simultaneously imagined and discussed in colonial Malaya and Singapore amidst important historical developments in the 20th century.


The 1920s witnessed the growth of Malay publishing houses throughout the Straits Settlements. Whilst the history of Malay printing is intertwined with the production of religious texts, the 20th century saw publishing play a more central role in politics, commerce and entertainment within the Straits Settlements and the Malay peninsula.


Newspapers and magazines therefore created (mereka) a space for the coverage and development of such news items. In doing so, they sought to cultivate a modern generation of readers, writers and consumers. 




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