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KEE’S WORLD: REFLECTIONS OF EVOLVING IDENTITY

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Author(s): Muhammad Shariar Haque

Journal: Jurnal Komunikasi : Malaysian Journal of Communication
ISSN 0128-1496

Volume: 22;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: comic strip | social | discourse | animation | humor

ABSTRACT
Comic strips in newspapers are entertaining in themselves, with their stock of cartoon characters, caricatures and overstatements. What makes Kee’s World different from other comic strips is that it deals with situations from life, often in a much-exaggerated manner as to evoke instant laughter. C. W. Kee’s instances of wit and humour are enlightening in the sense that they not only provide us with food for thought but also make us realize our own follies. In this respect, Kee’s World opens a window through which we can experience various aspects of the Malaysian way of life. In surfacing the various aspects of the Malaysian way of life. In surfacing the various aspects of social life, by drawing upon bold humorous situations, it seems that Malaysians are learning to laugh at themselves. From an introspective stance, the evolving culture of being able to depict hyperbolic instances of social life, sit back and laugh at them, is significant in etching out an identity, which shows tolerance and forbearance. This paper looks at comic strips from Kee’s World and humbly attempt to show the portrayal of various aspects of social life through exaggerated situations, wit and humour. In doing so the paper argues that, an evolving identity of endurance and fortitude is the order of the day.
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