The International Coffee Hour- Malaysia presentation is held on April 18th, 2017 (Tuesday) at Henry Madden Library, Room2206. International Coffee Hours is a series of presentations on many countries and the presenters are the international students from Fresno State University. It takes place every Tuesday from 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm at Henry Madden Library 2206.
Today, the students from Malaysia: Bryan Loo, Merissa Amani, and Jit Jian Lim, presented their unique cultures, foods, languages, and tourist attractions through the presentation.
Malaysia is a tropical country that is located in Southeast Asia. This is a multi-racial country consisting of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, Iban, Nyonya and etc. All the ethic groups have lived in Malaysia for generations and all these cultures have influenced each other, creating a truly Malaysian culture. Hence, Malaysia is a country that is known for its diversified culture, foods, nature, tourist attractions, and languages.
The first thing that comes to my mind when Malaysia is mentioned is its diverse food. The diversity is what makes Malaysia a food heaven. In Malaysia, people can have five meals a day: breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper. Roti Canai (Indian food), Nasi Lemak(Malay food), Hainanese Chicken Rice(Chinese food), Asam Laksa(Nyonya food), there are tons of delicious foods that are impossible to sum it up neatly. It is a country where the eating never seems to stop. Mamak is the place where Malaysian has dinner or supper with friends during the night. Most Mamak stalls start their business at about 5 PM and remain open until midnight, and the ones that are similar to cafes usually operate 24 hours a day. Mamak serves authentic Malaysian’s Indian dish like Roti Canai, Indo Mee, Mee Goreng and etc. In a typical day, Malaysian will gather around at Mamak with their friends, they mingle around, watch live games and have food that they are obsessed with. Malaysian called this “Mamak culture”.
Malaysia is also known for its breathtaking view’s islands. Pulau Sipadan, It is located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia’s easternmost state, and lies on the north-eastern corner of Borneo, the world’s third largest island. Blue skies, clear waters, convenient diving and tropical scenery, but it is below the surface where this island really excels. However, Pulau Sipadan is just one of the beautiful islands in Malaysia. There are hundreds of beautiful island in Malaysia such as Pulau Redang, Pulau Tioman, Pulau Perhentian and many more. Being a tropical country with hot and humid climate, Malaysia is rich tropical wildlife. There are numerous rare species of flora and fauna you can find in Malaysia perhaps not found in any other parts of the world, for example, Borneon Orangutan, Rafflesia (the largest flower in the world), leatherback sea turtle and etc. For all the nature lovers that are looking for a great place to explore the wonders and awes of Mother Nature and her creations, Malaysia is one of the best places in the world that should not be missed.
One of the major attractions in Malaysia is the Petronas Twin Tower, it is located in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. This iconic building is once the tallest building in the world. Suria KLCC, one of the best shopping spots you can find in Malaysia, it is located right inside the Petronas Twin Tower. Its six floors housing 320 shops are good for high-end luxury labels.
Besides KLCC, Malacca is one of the best tourist attractions in Malaysia. Malacca is a rich historical and cultural background from previous Portuguese, British, and Dutch rules are what that makes Malacca a unique place to visit. Jonker Walk is the best-visited place in Malacca. It is a vibrant night market with the organized stalls, friendly hawkers as well as live music coursing throughout the area. It is where you can find the authentic local foods. Chicken Rice Ball Celup and Satay are the most famous food that you can only find in Malacca.
Language is one of the things that make this country beautiful. Even though everybody is so different, they have somehow found a way to coexist in the same place and accept each other. Even though Bahasa Melayu is the official language in Malaysia, Malaysian speaks “mixed” languages, which refers to the Malaysian way of mixing languages when speaking. For instance, people in Malaysia will start off speaking Bahasa Melayu, and branch out into English, with some Chinese, Indian or Cantonese language thrown in. English is spoken by most of the Malaysian and people always called it “Manglish. It is a language consisting of vocabs from English, Malay, Hokkien, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, with English as the base language.
Through this presentation, we can tell that Malaysia is a very interesting country because of its diversity. Lastly, I think Coffee Hours is a good opportunity to learn about the culture of other countries and meet international student from their respective countries.