Culture Conflict Amongst Malaysian Children

By Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah, Normaliza Abd Rahim, Ahmad Azmi Ahmad Nordin, Ahmad Mahmood Musanif, Nur Sabrina Ahmad Azmi, Ahmad Fuad Mat Hassan and Norizan Che Su.

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Culture is an essential part of conflict and conflict resolution. Culture is in our lives and relationships, giving us messages that shape our perceptions, attributions, judgments, and ideas of self and others. Though cultures are powerful, they are often unconscious, influencing conflict and attempts to resolve conflict in imperceptible ways. Two things that are essential to remember about culture: they are always changing, and they relate to the symbolic dimension of life. The symbolic dimension is the place where we are constantly making meaning and enacting our identities. Cultural messages from the groups we belong in giving us information about what is meaningful or important, and who we are in the world and in relation to others. Therefore, this paper will discuss the culture conflict undergo by children in Malaysia arise from different cultural groups i.e ethnicity, from generation, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, ability and disability, and religious affiliation, language, and gender. The study sample comprises from 30 primary school students from three locations; urban, city and rural areas in Malaysia. Data were gathered using recording, interview, and questionnaire. Data will be analysed by using socio-pragmatic approach. The outcome of the research also indicated that aspects of context and cognition have also played an important role to overcome the cultural conflicts among Malaysian children.

Keywords: Malaysian Culture, Conflict, Primary School Students

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.45-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 850.435KB).

Dr. Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Holds a Doctoral Degree in Semantic and Pragmatic. Areas of interest are Pragmatics in Children, Semantic and Translation. Currently supervsing Ph.D students mastering the Teaching and Learning of Malay Language.

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Intepretation and Language Technology Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Ahmad Azmi Ahmad Nordin

Teacher and Student, Department of Malay Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Mr Ahmad Azmi is a teacher at Jalan Bukit Kajang, Malaysia. He is now pursuing his Masters degree in Malay Language at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Ahmad Mahmood Musanif

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Ahmad Mahmood Musanif is an Associate Professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia. His expertise is on Semantic and Discourse.

Nur Sabrina Ahmad Azmi

Student, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Ms Nur Sabrina Ahmad Azmi is a final student from the Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Ahmad Fuad Mat Hassan

Student, Department of Malay Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Mr Ahmad Fuad Mat Hassan is a student at University Putra Malaysia. He is in his final year in Bachelor of Malay Linguistics.

Norizan Che Su

Lecturer, Department of Foreign Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Hold a degree in the Teaching of Thai from University of Ramkhamheang, Thailand. Has recently obtained MA degree in Sociolinguistic. Has produced several texts on Mastering of Thai language. Has presented several papers on issues related to Teaching Thai as a Foreign Language; and translation of Thai classical texts.

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