Malaysia is the 5th â€œmost connectedâ€ country in Asia (data 3 years old but should still hold mostly true). So itâ€™s with some surprise when I come visit home that there are vast differences in the way we do things. We donâ€™t check online for local garages â€“ we drive around and find ones that look good or word off traditional word of mouth recommendations. On the other hand, Dominos Pizza in Malaysia accepts online payments, in a country that has traditionally shied away from e-commerce due to high levels of fraud, and we managed to pre-emptively order a lot of Emilyâ€™s baby kit from an online store before we arrived.
Hard for me to always establish which differences are due to culture â€“ itâ€™s a hard-bargaining, fraud-averse environment here â€“ and how many are due to generational differences. Most of our visits here are spent with my parents and aunts and uncles â€“ who are of a different age, shall we say.
Regardless of what the cause is, Iâ€™ve taken some delight in spreading a few bits of my digital-era practices here. A couple of aunts have been introduced to Apps, Iâ€™ve been evangelising true Smartphones whilst battling against aging Nokias and so on. The motivation is more than slightly self-interested â€“ itâ€™s lovely to have my family more connected to our lives as we share them digitally â€“ including the ongoing development of young Emily and our other adventures…
Cousins â€“ what do you think?? Digital Guru Shayna?