About Trixie Kinajil

Trixie Kinajil is trained in education, linguistics and anthropology and has worked as a school teacher and as an advocate for indigenous minorities in Malaysia. Her PhD thesis – “Ethnic labels and identity of the Penampang Kadazans in Sabah, Malaysian-Borneo” – details the identity (re)construction of the predominantly non-Muslim Kadazans against the more fixed ethnic categories (Muslim/non-Muslim; native/migrant) of the Malaysian government

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

A group of Southeast Asian descendants wants to be recognised as Indigenous Australians

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In 1826, an English merchant, Alexander Hare, brought a group of people from Malaysia and Indonesia as well as South Africa and New Guinea to an atoll northwest of mainland Australia in the Indian Ocean. Hare took them to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands as indentured workers, slaves and/or convicts. A year later, a Scottish rival, […]