With new media and mediums, the art of oral traditions such as storytelling has evolved. Children and youngsters today learn stories from visual media such as the television, the Internet and more current, the Smartphone and tablet.How does a given cultural or traditional story retain its substance? Does a change in medium or media influence the manner in which stories of oral traditions are understood? This paper explores the manner in which Malaysian children and youngsters today, learn and understand stories of the past. It attempts to identify the manner in which youngsters understand, accept and acknowledge these stories. It also looks at how children too in turn, pass stories on, as studies such as that by Lopamudra Maitra (2008) claim “Folk tales and tales from oral tradition are an important way of communicating with children. Acting especially as repositories of moral and social lessons and religious instructions discovered by grandparents and parents through time, these traditions have always been an important part of growing up.” This is a research in progress that attempts to identify the manner in which traditional and cultural stories continue to be told in the present, and into the future.
Wan Aida Wan Yahaya, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia
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