Tamu: Its Roles as A Medium of Cultural Identity Preservation Among Sabah Ethnic in The Era of Information Technology and Industrial Revolution 4.0

Halina Sendera Mohd. Yakin and Andreas Totu and Siti Aidah Lokin and Suraya Sintang and Nadiawati Mahmood (2022) Tamu: Its Roles as A Medium of Cultural Identity Preservation Among Sabah Ethnic in The Era of Information Technology and Industrial Revolution 4.0. e-Bangi : Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 19 (5). pp. 152-162. ISSN 1823-884x

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This paper aims to study the roles and challenges of Tamu as a medium of cultural identity preservation among Sabah ethnic groups in the era of industrial revolution 4.0 by focusing on the commercialisation of Kadazandusun’s traditional foods tuhau and bambangan. Thus, the objectives of this paper are to examine the existing and future functions of Tamu as well as to study the impact of industrial revolution 4.0 and the advancement of information technology on the role of Tamu in the commercialization of traditional foods and preservation of cultural identity among Kadazandusun people. Both qualitative and quantitative data are gathered through participant observation, interviews, and surveys. The respondents and informants consist of Kadazandusun traditional foods retailers and consumers at various Tamus in Sabah. The findings show that the role of Tamu institution is still pertinent in commercialising traditional foods and preserving the cultural identity of the Kadazandusun people, particularly in the rural areas. At certain localities, such as those adjacent to the city and tourist attractions, Tamu still plays an essential role in commercialising traditional foods, even though some retailers have already utilised various types of social media to promote and expand their sales, specifically those who are operating as part-timers. Media and internet accessibility has been identified as contributing factors towards the change in the marketing approach. Other contributing factors include time and budget constraints and business location. Hence, Tamu is still relevant and significant in the context of commercialising traditional foods and preserving cultural identity among the Kadazandusun people in Sabah in the era of the digital revolution.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Tamu , Commercialisation , Traditional Food , Kadazandusun , Cultural Identity Preservation , The Fourth Industrial Revolution , Information Technology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs > GT1-7070 Manners and customs (General) > GT3400-5090 Customs relative to public and social life Including town life, court life, festivals, holidays, ceremonies of royalty, etc.
Department: CENTRE > Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2022 09:26
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2022 09:26
URI: https://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/34270

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