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Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur

  Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur by Abdur-Razzaq Lubis Synopsis Who is the real founder of Kuala Lumpur? This issue has been debated passionately for almost a century. The official version or ‘Malay’ version credits Raja…

The Resilience of Tradition – Allusions to Malay Cultural Forms and Values in Contemporary Architecture

  Synopsis How and to what extent is contemporary Malaysian architectural identity influenced by Malay culture, values and forms? How is the Malay Modern situated within the discourse of contemporary tropical architecture? How does the evolution…

Memories of Dr Wu Lien-Teh Plague Fighter -Excerpt

Dr Wu Lien-Teh was a Penang-born Cambridge-trained physician and scientist. In 1910, he was sent to Manchuria on a harsh winter’s day to combat the pneumonic plague that claimed over 60,000 lives. Dr Wu’s role in eradicating…

Synopsis: Beyond The Sea by P. Singaram

Joining the Indian National Army has changed a young man’s outlook on the world. How will he get back to love and life after the war? A Tamil novel set in Penang.   Beyond The Sea P. Singaram’s Beyond the Sea is a classic…

Review of ‘The Chulia in Penang:Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786–1957′ by Barbara W. Andaya

The Chulia in Penang: Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786–1957. Khoo Salma Nasution Penang: Areca Books, 2014, 560 pages, 200+ maps, photographs and illustrations, ISBN 978-967-5719-15-8. RM$135.00 It is very hard in this short…

Review of ‘Heritage Tree of Penang’ by S.K. Ganesan

The  Gardens’ Bulletin, Singapore Vol. 64(1 ) 2012 ISSN 0374-7859 Centenary Issue, Singapore Botanic Gardens pp. 271—272 BOOK REVIEW. Heritage Trees of Penang. Simon Gardner, Pindar Sidisunthorn & Lai Ee May. 2011. Penang, Malaysia: Areca Books. 27.3cm x 21.7cm,…

Index for Living Pathways: Meditations on sustainable cultures and cosmologies in Asia

Index A academicself 25, 113 Ainu 25, 67 American Dream: 35, 41 the underside of 37, 41–43, 59, 132 Americanisation: 41 of the world 37, 41 the harms of 43–45 Americanism: 35 unsustainability of 36 in relation to Asia 41–45 (Also see ‘Asia’) animism 8 Anwar Fazal…

Introduction to Book Four of “Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India”

(please click here to find more excerpts from the book) Book Four is entitled: “Suffolk House” Perhaps more than any other early building in Penang, Suffolk House represents the high expectations that were held for the island…

Introduction to Book Three of “Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India”

Book Three is entitled: “Government House” (To read the entire introduction to Book Three, please click here) Francis Light’s many years of experience as a trader in the eastern seas, together with his repeated personal recommendations for…

Introduction to Book Two of “Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India”

Book Two is entitled: “The Administrators” (To read the entire introduction to Book Two, please click here) In the previous book, the interplay between the East India Company’s administration and the British government was briefly touched upon,…

Introduction to Book One of “Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India”

Book one is entitled: “Ships for a Presidency” (To read the entire introduction to Book One, as well as the book’s general Introduction, please click here) It may appear unusual to begin a history of early Penang…

“Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India” Geoff Wade’s Foreword

(please click here to find more excerpts from the book) Geoff Wade is from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore  The island of Penang has long attracted – through its fascinating streetscapes and scenery, its diverse populace, cultural…