Landscape politics of ‘swiftlet farming’ in George Town, Malaysia

by Creighton Conolly --- This post originally appeared on Season 3 of the LSE Cities Blog 'Urban Vignettes' on October 27th, 2014. --- Since September last year I have been conducting fieldwork for my doctoral research on urban birds' nest harvesting (or ‘swiftlet farming’) in Malaysian cities – a fiercely debated topic in the country … Continue reading Landscape politics of ‘swiftlet farming’ in George Town, Malaysia

Encountering racial tensions and political antipathy on fieldwork in Malaysia

by Creighton Connolly I arrived in Malaysia to begin my initial 10 weeks of fieldwork on Sunday, the 15th of September 2013, after a busy few days in Singapore meeting with colleagues there in preparation for my field season. In retrospect, it was a poor choice of days to venture across the Causeway into Malaysia, … Continue reading Encountering racial tensions and political antipathy on fieldwork in Malaysia