The influence of interethnic contact on interethnic attitudes of Malay and Chinese Malaysian university students in Malaysia

Tamam, Ezhar (2009) The influence of interethnic contact on interethnic attitudes of Malay and Chinese Malaysian university students in Malaysia. Human Communication, 12 (1). pp. 53-66.

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Abstract

Although interethnic contact is expected to contribute towards positive interethnic attitudes, it is not clear how much interethnic contact contributes towards interethnic attitudes in contexts where there is “no real majority,” such as Malaysia. The data for this study come from a self-administered survey involving 379 Malay and 381 Chinese- Malaysian university students in large public universities. As predicted, interethnic contact contributes significantly towards regarding different ethnic groups positively. Although the effect is small, it holds for both ethnic groups. The present findings improve the generalizability of the predictions of contact theory regarding interethnic attitude, which have been mainly observed in studies conducted in the Western world, as well as extend the theory beyond the majority-minority and host-immigrant contexts.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Interethnic contact; Interethnic attitude; Malay-Chinese Malaysian relations
Subject:Intercultural communication
Subject:Communication in ethnology
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher:The Pacific and Asian Communication Association
ID Code:17215
Deposited By: Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Deposited On:21 Feb 2012 01:54
Last Modified:12 Dec 2012 06:50

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