Keo Pride: Language and Identity on Facebook

Event details


Date & time

Friday 14 August 2015


Seminar Room B (Arndt Room), HC Coombs Building (9), Fellows Road, ANU


Louise Baird


Fanny Cottet

Over the years the number of Keo speakers using Facebook has steadily risen, and where once their Facebook interactions were almost exclusively in Indonesian, these days there is a noticeable increase in the use of Keo. In this seminar I will look at how it appears that the Keo language has become a source of cultural pride in the new Facebook genre amongst the Keo speaking diaspora who have typically turned their backs on their language. We will see that Facebook has become an avenue for ethnic Keo to express and affirm their cultural identity, partially through the use of their language.

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