Event: Tanah Akhirku
Date: 28 August–2 September 2018
Venue: Istana Budaya
A Chinese immigrant finds herself entangled in the world of triads & politics, will she ever find a new home in Malaya?
In conjunction with next month’s Merdeka celebrations, Istana Budaya takes a closer look at the early arrival of Chinese immigrants in Malaysia in an upcoming theatre production. Tanah Akhirku is told through the lens of a young woman named Yin Feng who flees mainland China after civil war erupts and arrives in British Malaya with her mother and younger sibling to work as tin miners. Soon enough, political instability ensues, but Yin Feng finds herself drawn to her new home as love blossoms between her and a nobleman.
A collaborative effort between Gold Ray Sdn Bhd, Istana Budaya and The National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (Aswara), the upcoming production is directed by Ashraf Zainal and stars Lim Mei Fen, Erma Fatima, Izzue Islam, Nina Nadira, Nave VJ and Angeline Tan. Tanah Akhirku provides audiences a glimpse of the formation of Malaysia through a different perspective, one that highlights the significant role of migrants in shaping the country’s economy and culture.