“Hybridity … is a concept that confronts and problematises boundaries, although it does not erase them. As such hybridity always implies an unsettling of identities. It is precisely our encounters at the border – where self and other, the local and global, Asian and Western meet – that make us realise how riven with potential miscommunication and intercultural conflict these encounters can be. This tells us that hybridity, the very condition of in-betweenness, can never be a question of simple
shaking hands, of harmonious merger and fusion. Hybridity is not the solution, but alerts us to the difficulty of living with differences, their ultimately irreducible resistance to complete dissolution. In other words, hybridity is a heuristic device for
analysing complicated entanglement.”


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