Why is Malaysia called “Malaysia, Truly Asia?” LeX gives us the inside scoop!

December 30, 2011 Comments disabled

LeX, one of our Pocket Cultures regional contributors is a student traveller, currently in France, but originally from Malaysia. Malaysia, in it’s own right, is a multi-cultural country, melding together the Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures. Read more to learn about why LeX joined the Pocket Cultures team, and how to easily detect a Malaysian speaking English!

Where do you live? Where are you from? If those are different, can you tell us a little about what inspired your move?

I am a student traveller, LeX from Malaysia. Actually my real name is Tan Yih Liang (陈奕良/단익량 – Chinese/Korean) and LeX is what people always call me. Education and study are the motivation and direction that inspired me to move! South Korea was the 1st foreign country I stayed and currently studying in Europe and operating a travel blog call “LeX Paradise”.

If you would describe yourself as multi-cultural, tell us a bit about what culture you most identify with and why.

I was born in a multi-racial country which is Malaysia where majority include Malay, Chinese and Indian. Firstly, as Malaysian, most of us tend to speak more languages like Malay, English, Chinese and Indian. So actually, we experiencing cross cultural all over Malaysia. We celebrate different kind of festival together along the year! Finally, the last thing you can easily identify Malaysian is “LLa”, almost all Malaysian speak casual English with “LLa” at the end of sentence. OK LLa!

Why did you decide to become a Pocket Cultures contributor?

The main reason that I decided to become a Pocket Cultures contributor is the whole idea of Pocket Cultures. I am a person that likes to share cultural experiences with people and like to understand people from different parts of the world. Pocket Cultures acts as a platform for us to share, discuss ideas and get to know others amazing contributors! It totally suits me! So that’s why I am in LLa!

What is the best part of living in your country? The worst?

The best part of living in Malaysia is you could experience cross culture of Malay, Chinese and Indian! The experience of cross culture stands out the uniqueness of the country! As always “Malaysia, Truly Asia”

As for the worst part of country is the hot and humid weather.

What’s something that visitors are often surprised by when getting to know your country/culture?

The population of Chinese and Indian in Malaysia often surprise the visitor, since they are so curious how Malay, Chinese and Indian with different beliefs living under the same roof.

About the author

Carrie McKeegan
Carrie is an American who just moved from Bali to Mendoza, Argentina. Carrie caught the wanderlust bug early on from her parents, who raised her in Mexico City. Carrie and her husband David have lived in New York, London, Barcelona, Costa Rica, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Bali before moving to Mendoza. They are actively working to pass on the travel bug to their young son Timmy, who has already been to twelve countries.
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