This seminar is cancelled. 

Cross-cultural communication often creates conflict and suspicion between the native and Chinese communities in Sarawak. This is because these two ethnic groups have different cultures, needs, desires, world views, backgrounds and traditional customs. Therefore, the main objective of this seminar is to examine the role of cross-cultural communication on social integration between the Chinese and native communities in Sarawak from anthropological perspectives.

In addition, this seminar will also discuss the factors that prevent the cross-cultural communication process between the native and Chinese communities. The research on this topic uses a qualitative approach through in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. Data were analysed thematically using Nvivo software. The results of the study found that the role of cross-cultural communication allows the native and Chinese communities to avoid miscommunication, misinterpretation, different interpretations and understanding of various concepts.

At the same time it opened up a two-way relationship that eventually came to fruition across previously daunting cultural barriers. Next, the factors that prevent cross-cultural communication are ethnocentrism, stereotyping, language and conflict of values.   

About the speaker

Dr Novel Anak Lyndon is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology in the School of Social, Development and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). His expertise is in minority studies, community development and political sociology. His research interests are in the field of health and illness, community studies, social impact studies, crime and deviance among native community especially in Sarawak and Sabah.

His current research focuses on the future of oil palm industry, poverty among indigenous people in Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysian politics, deviance and crime among native community and an ethnographic study on Indigenous people in Sarawak. Currently he is the head of cluster for civil society under MPOB (Malaysian Palm Oil Board) – UKM Endowment Chair.

He is also the chairman of the Center for development, social and environmental studies. At the same time, he is the editor-in-chief of the e-Bangi Journal, UKM Publisher. He obtained his PhD degree from USM (University Science Malaysia) in Anthropology and Sociology and in 2013 he did his post-doctoral research at Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand.

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Event Speakers

Dr Novel Anak Lyndon

Dr Novel Anak Lyndon

Event details

Event date

Wed, 20 Sep 2023, 3:30 - 4:40pm

Event speakers

Dr Novel Anak Lyndon