hands off our generation’s revolution!
July 13, 2017
To know what the youth is, one doesn’t have to be from the current generation. We are bringing to you fresh off the scene musicians, actors, designers and even the big brave dreamers that are all trying to make a change here in the local scene by being one thing; different. In the past year we’ve witnessed not only growth, but change. An alteration towards the perception and an approach to a more renewed vigor to an unorthodox community that inspires one another to push boundaries with the access of technology to rebuttal conventional stereotypes and embrace individuality.
Other than that, the first thing that comes to one’s mind when it comes to beauty only meant one thing; appearance. When beauty and appearance are coalesced/when beauty and appearance come together, the first thing that wells up in one’s head is perfection; blinding oneself by eliminating what’s beneath the surface of a ‘perfectly’ concealed face. What a time to be alive when those with special needs are taking over for a fresher kind of beautiful that radiates from within and the core of the individual.
Twitter – or better known as the tabloid of goss, has become the most chaotically fucked up piece of social media that has graced this age, and yet, it’s also the best thing that’s ever happened to us. From memes to relationships and to internet slangs now used religiously on a daily basis; Twitter isn’t social media, it’s a lifestyle. And because of platforms like these, we can now usher you into the erroneous generation; Generation Error. When did discussing about political issues be so open and broad? When did we become more than just a hashtag? The general subject has always been about the youth, by the youth. Hence why this generation is the most important time for all of us to be alive, because the creative collaboration between both parties have been the strongest it’s been in decades. Women are more empowered and supported, men are allowed to be feminine and growing up doesn’t necessarily mean obeying rules and dressing up as you’re told. It’s about newness both online and offline, to teams and tribes and a collective amount of strangers with the same YOB; we’re all mutual.
Daniel Fleischer, 22
Whats changing Malaysia? Do you think our youth plays a big part of the change? Well the whole political landscape itself and thanks to the internet & access to information, i think the youth are more aware and are somewhat more involved than before. By involved i mean involvement in social media/events, political events and even arts. And yes i do think the youth plays a big part of the change, but only with the right mindset. We have lots of young talents, young promising artists out there in Malaysia now. Describe the generation Z and culture here in Malaysia to someone who’s never seen it Generation z, well um they are very tech savvy, smartphone oriented and wants things fast, its like they have a whole new life on social media. Generation Z isn’t that aware of or couldn’t be bothered with our traditional roots/culture. Which has to change, maybe try applying all these traditions into their social media life. Would you say that now, is the best time to be alive regardless of all the set back that we’re facing in our country and abroad? Anytime is the best time to be alive. Well, you are alive, so just live!
Luna Dira, 23
Whats changing Malaysia? Do you think our youth plays a big part of the change I feel like the voice of the generation of today’s youth in Malaysia is increasingly making an impact on the collective mindset. I see a lot of young individuals speaking their minds with less reservation. Having a social conscience is making its way as a priority in our’ lives and we’re currently witnessing a shift in the consumption of information. This is due to the prominent presence of social media, which makes information easily accessible and plays a huge part in providing the increasing voice of today’s younger generation. Do you relate to the word “Error?” particularly what our generation is like these days. Explain what Error means to you “To err is human”. I am made up of skin, bones, mistakes and dreams. I embrace this to the fullest, especially when I’m going through difficult times. No one in this world is 100% sure about most things, but the only way they make sure they know where they’re going is by going through countless errors in their lives. Those moments reveal clarity, strength and the beauty of healing. What is the biggest misconception people have about the youth of today That we’re self absorbed. They connote it in such a negative light. I learnt about self-love -and how important it is to my mental health- through my friends, which I am thankful for. So yes, I guess we are self-absorbed but we’re also more than our Instagram page – remind me again who called a certain company out for using blackface in their advertisement?
Deanna and Deanni, 22
Describe the generation Z and culture here in Malaysia to someone who’s never seen it Freedom of speech is more apparent and yes the youth is spearheading this change. Generation z is updated, well connected but indecisive. We are very versed in viral culture. What are your hopes and dreams for Malaysia in the next 20 years? Flying cars and vending machine for everything 10. What are your hopes and dreams for Malaysia in the next 20 years That we are spoiled , undeserving and we have no grip on our future.
Izzah Batrisyia, 19
Describe the generation Z and culture here in Malaysia to someone who’s never seen it So many things are changing Malaysia. Education, music, art, the internet, the list goes on from my point of view. The youth plays the biggest part in change because we are the ones who demand the change or show that there needs to change for our own sake and for Malaysia. Do you relate to the word “Error?” particularly what our generation is like these days. Explain what Error means to you The Gen Z here are very influenced by technology and media. We’re influenced by how fast technology develops progressively and how easily connected we are to our friends, family and the rest of the world by the media with the source of the internet. This affects our trends, perspectives, culture and so much more, as technology develops and media much more globalised. The culture here, on the other hand, is extremely diverse. Not only are we thriving with many traditional cultures, our modern pop culture of fashion, music movies etc. is very fresh and also very influenced by other cultures such as the Western culture or Korean culture. I always find myself in situations where I fuck up. I sometimes feel as though whatever I do is never right or enough, which constantly puts me in a space for trial and error. But whatever, error is just process. Would you say that now, is the best time to be alive regardless of all the setbacks that we’re facing in our country and abroad There’s no point saying that living in a different age is the best time to be alive, well we’re here now so what better time to be alive right? Its what we make out of our own lives that makes it the best time for being alive. Regardless of all the set backs, our individual efforts to live to our ultimate fullest at our own pace is what makes it the best time to be alive. Anything can happen in this life, challenges are inevitable and can always be overcome, so why wish to live in a different time when I can live in the now.
Hafreez Amminuddin, 24 and Saint Raja, 21
What would you say are really the attributes that our generation has? We are fast learners, the transitions throughout the years are moving drastically. Crazy. What is the biggest misconception people have about the youth of today That we are spoiled and always thinking of having fun. But that’s not entirely true and does not apply to everyone. What are your hopes and dreams for Malaysia in the next 20 years? A place where everyone can just be whoever, whatever without being judged.
What would you say are really the attributes that our generation has? We are definitely the smartest generation. We all are always trying to learn something new to understand certain issues and culture. We put the lit in the literature. This generation is also the most accepting and loving. Although this is debatable but I truly believe that we are few steps away from being the most loving generation there is. What are your hopes and dreams for Malaysia in the next 20 years? Of course, for Malaysia, I want it to be a better country, maybe the best. We have our own issues, and we have our own fights, but I am sure this generation can be the change Malaysia needed. Would you say that now, is the best time to be alive regardless of all the set back that we’re facing in our country and abroad? “The best time to be alive” is kinda a far stretch but I wouldn’t want to live in the past where everything much more conserved and more timid and just go with the flow without having a thought of my own. I don’t want to live in the time where I am not or I can’t be as open as I am today. I’m pretty sure I would get so much hate if I lived in the past rather than now. Although I don’t really enjoy the set backs we’re getting now, I am still glad that I live in a much better time setting than the past.
Lizzie Zany, 21
Do you relate to the word “Error?” particularly what our generation is like these days. Explain what Error means to you The previous generation might look at us as “errors”, they don’t understand us. But error is an opportunity. To know and acknowledge errors is simply a door to something better. If you could imagine the biggest change we could make as a current generation, what kind of movement would it be Youth empowerment. Similar to the case of Joshua Wong’s ‘Yellow Umbrella’ movement in Hong Kong. The youth can change something but we need to be consistent and true to our values. Change shouldn’t be an overnight fad because it should be objective and it should be put into effort. Would you say that now, is the best time to be alive regardless of all the set back that we’re facing in our country and abroad Definitely. Aside from political conflicts, we’re not facing direct oppression in Malaysia. We’re all still free to do what we want even with a couple hiccups along the way. I feel that this generation is lucky and spoiled of choices when it comes to knowledge, music and entertainment. Gone were the days, that we need to duplicate ‘Sex Pistols’ cassettes from our neighbors. Gone were the days of food rationing during the Japanese occupation. We are now officially privileged as ever. Hence now, we need to use our privilege to our advantage.
Nadhir Nor, 23
Whats changing Malaysia? Do you think our youth plays a big part of the change Surely. With how oceanic the Internet can be, it’s definitely up to the youths to open up and challenge toxic conformity and values in Malaysia to ensure that our country can be at its most optimal condition to grow and blossom. Describe the generation Z and culture here in Malaysia to someone who’s never seen it I think the Gen Z here in Malaysia is pretty much similar to most of the Gen Z around the globe. Gadgets and Apps enter their lives pretty early and seem to be almost an essential part of their daily lives. In my opinion, their interest for activities like toys or outdoors are still there just as much though, just that now they’ve got technological options too.
When it comes to our culture, I find us to be rather laid-back in a lot of things. There’s something non-confrontational about us as a South-East Asian country that of course is admirable in its own way, but I believe now that quality needs to be perhaps tapered a little bit. When you don’t confront things in the name of ‘harmony’, things just end up building up instead of being properly dealt with and if our generation does not address them now then it’ll just worsen. What are your hopes and dreams for Malaysia in the next 20 years That we do not forget what it means to be human first and foremost before parading about what our race and beliefs are and we will finally let down our ego when it comes to privilege and really do our part to achieve equality for every Malaysian.
Aziza Gheblawwi, 22
What’s changing Malaysia? Do you think our youth plays a big part of the change There are many ways you can look at this. While one can argue that Malaysia has come a long way in terms of the how its people think, speak, and act, but at the same time it still remains the same as how it was 10—15 years ago. The country is changing, however the rate that it’s going at is monumentally slow. In terms of the youth playing a part in the ‘change’, to a certain extent I will agree that they are shaping this country, but not in a big way. Many of the talented ones that have a potential to change the country end up running away to other parts of the world because they feel like they are unable to grow further in their fields. Some people might not share the same sentiment as I do, but this is what I see at least. If you could imagine the biggest change we could make as a current generation, what kind of movement would it be While there are a lot of issues going around the world that could be improved, I feel like the most pressing one that this generation should focus on is resolving the environmental issues that we all face. Traveling around the world has shown me that all those reports on ‘climate change’, ‘natural resource depletion’, ‘overpopulation’, and ‘deforestation’ are all very real. You don’t even have to go outside of Malaysia to see those issues firsthand because it’s already happening as we speak. I know some will argue that it’s not fair that this generation has to clean up the mess that was made by the previous generations, but as the saying goes “what’s done is done”, and that we should stop looking back and instead look forward. In the end, it is us and our future generation that will live in this mess if we don’t do anything about it. Would you say that now, is the best time to be alive regardless of all the set back that we’re facing in our country and abroad My first instinct to answer this question was to say “no, not really”. However, if you asked this question to a generation before me, I’m pretty sure they would say the same thing as well. It’s all about perception, I guess. I see the benefits of living in this current age and time (advancement in technology, improvement in healthcare, ability to travel at any moment’s notice, etc), but the downfalls are pretty heavy too (high living costs, poor work/life balance, declining environment). So, I wouldn’t say that it’s the best time to be alive in, but a blessing to be alive in general.
Fahad Iman, 23
What would you say are really the attributes that our generation has Young at heart, fearless, open minded, & independent. I’ve been inspired & amazed by some of my friends & peers. I am very fortunate to have a comfortable upbringing. So when I see friends (some who are younger than me) who make a living on their own, who travel the world with their own money etc, I get inspired. These people show me what courage is, show me that they know what they want, and they’ll do whatever it takes to get what they want, and it’s very empowering. What are your hopes and dreams for Malaysia in the next 20 years Wow. 20 years is very far ahead. haha. Well I hope Malaysians will be more understanding of each other. We really need to educate ourselves more about our own country and it’s many different cultures. Even I don’t know much about my own country to be honest. We pride ourselves with being a multi-cultural country, but the reality of it we rarely interact or try to understand more about each other’s cultures. Sebab itu, I think we have lots of misunderstanding amongst our people. So yeah I do hope in the next 20 years we will be more informed about our own country, and be able to respect and cherish our cultures. Do you relate to the word “Error?” particularly what our generation is like these days. Explain what Error means to you. To me life is full of trial & errors. And to me error is not a bad thing, its a good thing actually. When you fail or make a mistake, you will learn something from it and will do better the next time around. As I’m navigating this industry as a new comer, I will most probably face many errors in the near future, but I’ll try to embrace them and learn from it. “Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K. Rowling
Shahera Sam and Zaim
What’s changing Malaysia? Do you think our youth plays a big part of the change The youth of our generation will influence the future of Malaysia’s culture. Exposure to outside cultures is helping the Malaysian community to grow in a healthy and open-minded way, but you still see a lot of the youth in our generation putting on a face of open-mindedness, with closed-minded intentions, but that’s what our youth should be working on, to better the mindsets of Malaysia’s youth. If you could imagine the biggest change we could make as a current generation, what kind of movement would it be I think some of the biggest changes are already happening, for example, the LGBT community has made a voice for themselves in recent times, ideas of which previous generations have a hard time accepting. I think the next big movement would be the acceptance of this community and the general idea of accepting what’s out of the norm and different. We’ve come along way but there’s still lot’s of room for progress. Would you say that now, is the best time to be alive regardless of the set backs that we’re facing in our country and abroad I think in general the world is the best it’s ever been despite its existing ugliness and tribulations. There will always be negative affects in the world but as a species, the conscious pursuit to change those things is what matters. As for our country of Malaysia specifically, alike its neighbors, there are a lot of negative set backs, but like I mentioned before we are progressing and developing healthily with the help of outside cultures. With the right perspectives and attitude towards these problems we can pave a brighter future for Malaysia’s culture and community, and that’s what our responsibility is as Malaysia’s youth generation.
What year were you born in? 1738. Describe the generation Z and culture here in Malaysia to someone who’s never seen it Serabut, kabut dan merapu. What is the biggest misconception people have about the youth of today? Kami tidak serabut dan merapu. What are your hopes and dreams for Malaysia in the next 20 years Better economy, preserve our culture, develop our own identity have ppl from all ovr the world come see Malaysians do things.
Nirmal Singh Shergilll, 23 and Riana Adams,
Whats changing Malaysia? Do you think our youth plays a big part of the change I think, malaysian youth is becoming more accepting in so many aspects for an example the LGBT community. The fashion industry is changing, for an example there’s a combination of western style and our traditional Malaysian style. Do you relate to the word “Error?” particularly what our generation is like these days. Explain what Error means to you I do relate to the word “error”. The generation in Malaysia nowadays came to accept that fashion is genderless. I’ve realized that the youth nowadays wears whatever they feel comfortable in without having worried that people will judge their style. Error for me personally means that one can style themselves anyhow they want to, and this doesn’t necessarily mean ” what kind if clothes you wear” but its about you putting yourself in public however you feel like to even if it means to break the stereotypes. What are your hopes and dreams for Malaysia in the next 20 years Hopefully our economy would be better than it is today and i do hope that our local talent gets recognition worldwide. And also hopefully in 20 years from now, one could actually come out and say “I’m gay” and don’t get bashed for it.
Do you relate to the word “Error?” particularly what our generation is like these days. Explain what Error means to you I feel like everyone can relate to “error” in some way, especially nowadays where theres this unspoken pressure to fit a specific social mould. I think once you can personally identify what makes you an “error”, you’re able to identify what makes you distinctly unique. It’s exhausting trying to become an exact copy of what you see in the media, error gives you freedom and personality. What is the biggest misconception people have about the youth of today? I think a popular misconception is that our generation is self involved and uninformed. The youth today are alot more “woke” that other generations may realise, social media as a platform has opened this channel for discussion and information. The youth today can’t really afford the luxury of remaining blissfully ignorant when the decisions made today affect our future. If you could imagine the biggest change we could make as a current generation, what kind of movement would it be? Proactivity is key in a movement. Personally I think that our generation has the power to evoke massive change. There’s this demonisation of technology and social media especially, but I think that the power of social media and the effects of influence to start an online movement has been severely undermined. We have the ability to start revolutions through our touchscreens, fighting for what we believe in whether it be the recognition LGBT rights, anti- corruption, etc. But the key is the remain engaged and I feel that online movements have the power to galvanise a generation.
Jay Walia, 29
Why do you think you were chosen for this shoot I believe everyone here represents a different field or discipline but also a different time from within our generation. The definition of millennial that we have now does not have a specific age only a rough range and I believe myself and my batch to be one of the first millennials, the beta versions so to speak, we saw things change, we were old enough to understand and know the significance of the years after all we were here before it all went down but young enough to grow up within this new digital sphere and evolve with it. Describe the generation Z and culture here in Malaysia to someone who’s never seen it The generation Z are a class of folks who have grown up with an electronic device like a second brain. While the previous generations may have been taught of the various countries around the world and how different they are than us, the generation Z lives in a borderless world with independence of information and means to it. A generation who is free in mind yet only tied down by the realities of the world, realities which they often find new ways to expand and go beyond whats expected or told to expect. What is the biggest misconception people have about the youth of today That ALL of us are lazy, that we are ALL pampered. I can see where some people are coming from though especially in the job market but whats that folks say about a few rotten apples? To me atleast alot of the folks I know and grew up with, we all knew you gotta get up and hit the ground running every single day to achieve your dreams and live up to your full potential.
Amar Lutfi, 22
Do you relate to the word “Error?” particularly what our generation is like these days. Explain what Error means to you. Error means invalid for me, literally. Guess that is what we the latest generation are. We are different from our parents, our ways of thinking are totally opposed whereby they are also easily get influenced by certain things. If you could imagine the biggest change we could make as a current generation, what kind of movement would it be? I want us to be very brave in being whoever we want to be, whatever we want to do. It hurts to see mostly people are hiding in the closet bcs they are scared of judgments which actually will mot affect their lives at all. What is the biggest misconception people have about the youth of today People think we have gone far from our beliefs. They dont want us to follow whatever they did in the past.
Photography and article submission by: Alia Soraya Feizal.