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Coffee Hour: Malaysia, A Fascinating Country

Author: Tsukuba Information Center, Issue: March 2003, Topic: Coffee Hour

Malaysia is a tropical country situated 7 degrees north of the Equator in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is a federation of 13 states forming a parliamentary monarchy, comprising two distinct regions separated by some 650 km of the South China Sea. The capital and the largest city, Kuala Lumpur, is the focal point of new Malaysia.

Malaysia is a multicultural society, with Malays, Chinese, Indians and numerous ethnic groups living side by side in peaceful co-existence. Malaysia is a melting pot of several major cultural traditions that stem from its strategic position between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. Although each of these cultures has vigorously maintained its traditions and community structures, they have also blended together to create contemporary Malaysia's uniquely diverse heritage. The easiest way to begin to understand the highly complex cultural interaction is to look at the open door policy maintained during religious festivals.

Exotic flora and fauna are an intrinsic part of the wild life and there is unspoiled beauty throughout the Malaysia. Although Malaysia's size is about 90% to that of Japan, natural trees and forests cover almost three-quarters of the land, an area equivalent to almost the entirety of Honshu and Hokkaido. The primal forests, ranging from shoreline mangrove, rain forest to mountaintop oak, are the attraction of Malaysia for anyone who appreciates the natural world.

To know more about this fascinating country, please join this month's guest speaker from Malaysia, Dr. Tan Chin-Ping. He will share with you the many faces of Malaysia. He lives in Ninomiya House and is a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Food Research Institute.

Date/Time: March 26 (Wed.)14:00 to 16:00
Guest: Dr. Tan Chin-Ping (Malaysia)
Place: Tsukuba Information Center

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