Performing Tradition in Malaysia's Portuguese Settlement
Using historical and ethnographic data, Margaret Sarkissian reveals that this music and dance draws on an eclectic array of influences that span the Portuguese diaspora (one song conjures up images of Lucille Ball impersonating Carmen Miranda on "I Love Lucy"). Ironically, she shows, what began as a literate tradition in the 1950s has now become an oral one so deeply rooted in Settlement life that the younger generation, like the tourists, now see it as an unbroken heritage stretching back almost 500 years. A fascinating case of "orientalism in reverse," D'Albuquerque's Children illuminates the creative ways in which one community has adapted to life in a postcolonial world.
1. Constructing a Community
2. Inventing a Tradition
3. Living Tradition / Tradition for a Living
4. Forging a Repertoire, Domesticating a Diaspora
5. Performing Tradition
6. Playing Politics