Producing knowledge about Malaya : readers, contributors, printers, editors, and the journal of the Malayan branch of the Royal Asiatic Society in the 1950s
Date of Issue2012
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
The creation and dissemination of knowledge about the various parts of the British Empire was an important component of the imperial mission. This article examines one of the vehicles charged with knowledge dissemination in British Malaya, the Journal of the Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. More specifically it focuses on the community of contributors, readers, printers, and editors that came together around the publication in the 1950s, the twilight of British rule on the peninsula. We can look at this community as a fragile web of elements or actors responsible for producing the Journal, which over the course of the decade rapidly began to unravel for a number of reasons (difficulties in conducting local research, a decline in the number of contributors as the British colonial officials left the country without being replaced, delays in publication, and a lack of skilled printers, among others) so that by the 1960s there was some doubt that the publication would survive.
Library & information history
© 2012 CILIP. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in Library & Information History, published by Maney Publishing on behalf of CILIP. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: DOI [http:dx.doi.org/10.1179/1758348911Z.0000000003].