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Promoting Unity Through Stage Production


Last update: 12/02/2018

By Soon Li Wei

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- When Lim Mei Fen had to re-enact the role of a girl from mainland China, who migrated to Britsh-controlled Malaya in the 19th century, for a theatre production, she felt the character was tailor-made for her.

"I've never stopped believing that all the races in this Nanyang land (as Malaya and other Southeast Asian countries were referred to by the Chinese immigrants) can live together in harmony... here is my homeland, your homeland..., " her character Yue Feng, dressed in a traditional Chinese opera costume, said on stage, mouthing her dialogue with much feeling and fervour.

Titled, "Tanah Akhirku" (My Ultimate Land), the play was performed last month at the experimental theatre at the National Academy of Culture and Heritage's (ASWARA) campus, here, as part of the students' year-end assessment performance.

Lim, who is in her final year of a bachelor of arts programme in theatre performing arts, said she managed to get into the skin of Yeu Feng's character in "Tanah Akhirku" as her (Yue Feng's) life somewhat resembled her own after she joined ASWARA.

"I've been mingling with people of different races ever since I came to ASWARA to study performing arts. The campus' multiracial environment taught me the meaning of unity. The students here are from different racial backgrounds but they are able to stay and work together in harmony.....