A Sleeping Tiger is a rare book-length treatment of urbanization among Dayaks and also offers a fresh perspective on ethnicity, class, and the context in which they function to the benefit of some and the great detriment of others. Although readers may never have heard of Dayaks (the indigenous, largely non-Muslim peoples of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo), they have surely witnessed the impact of ethnicity and class on the world today. Dayaks have hardly been spared this impact. Formerly forest dwellers in the main, Dayaks have been migrating en masse into Sarawak's towns and cities, but despite their better efforts to succeed in the urban environment, they feel demeaned and disadvantaged relative to the other ethnic groups of Malaysia.
Clare L. Boulanger, a cultural anthropologist, carried out dissertation research in Malaysia in 1988-89 and returned to the country for the Sarawak project covered in this volume. She has published several articles on Malaysia; recently, she also edited an anthology on American culture (Reflecting on America: Anthropological Views of U.S. Culture, Allyn & Bacon, 2007). Dr. Boulanger is a Professor of Anthropology at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, where she has taught since 1993.
Chapter 1 One. Introduction: Ethnicity, class, and dreams of dignity Chapter 2 Two. The construction of ethnicity in Sarawak-from Brunei to Malaysia Chapter 3 Three. Malaysia and the "race race" to modernity Chapter 4 Four. Malaya and Sarawak-a long, slow pas de deux Chapter 5 Five. Fieldwork in the urban jungles of Borneo Chapter 6 Six. Dayaks-losing the "race race"? Chapter 7 Seven. "Fighting in a different way": In defense of being Dayak Chapter 8 Eight. Conclusion: The impossible dream? Chapter 9 Postscript: The general elections of 2008