Cason Ong*


As Interviewed by K.T., March 9, 2018
"Because of the quota system, it's not based on your results why you are accepted into the university."
Cason Ong*

Introductory Profile: About Cason Ong

Cason Ong* was born in Muar, a small town in south peninsular Malaysia. His parents were originally from China, but moved to Malaysia, so he considers himself a Chinese Malay. He moved to America with my mom in 1985 for his college studies. About ten years later they moved to Austin, Texas, and raised my two older brothers and I. He not only enjoys taking me and my brothers out but also frequently mountain bikes. He is an organized person and works as an IT manager. Because my dad grew up learning Malay and Chinese, he has a heavy accent and tends to drawl his sentences.

The topic of my interview is set around discrimination. In Malaysia, there are three main races, Chinese Malays, Indian Malays, and ethnic Malays. My interviewee explained to me that the “hierarchy” of these races are dependant on education. The parents of Chinese Malays tend to push their kids to be an overachiever in school or extracurriculars, this leads to them getting better jobs than the majority of Malays and Indians. On the other hand, ethnic Malay children would spend more of their time helping support the family as opposed to concentrating on their studies. Therefore, Chinese are sorted into first class of Malaysia’s economy, while ethnic Malays are considered to be in the middle and lower classes. Indian children also help around the family, and so they take lowly jobs as an adult. The majority of the lower classes are Indians.Throughout the entire interview with my dad, I learned more about his views and opinions on the social injustice that occurs in Malaysia.

*Name has been changed for safety and security reasons.