Chinese in Malaysia
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Making up 24.6% of the total population (2010 national census; Department of Statistics Malaysia 2012), the Chinese community is the second largest ethnic group in Malaysia. The immigration history of the Chinese population started as early as the fifteenth century (Yen 2000) when they left their hometown in Guǎngdōng and Fújiàn provinces of China. They settled mainly on the western coast of the Malay Peninsula and were engaged in the tin mine industry. Although early migrants had married Malay women and had thus formed a sub-community called Baba (Tan 2000), the main-stream Chine…

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Xiaomei WANG and Alfred TANG WEI JIE, “Chinese in Malaysia”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 12 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000067>
First published online: 2015



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