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Malaysian author Khoo Salma bags prize for book on Chulia community

BY L. SUGANYA  Thursday, 9 July 2015 PETALING JAYA: Malaysian author Khoo Salma Nasution (pic) won the colleague’s choice award at the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) Book Prize 2015. The winners were announced on July…

THE ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM MALAYSIA (JAN 28 – MARCH 28, 2016) Photo Exhibition ‘The Chulia in Penang’

by Islamic Arts Magazine Feb 09, 2016 The exhibition is inspired by Khoo Salma Nasution nee Khoo Su Nin latest publication, The Chulia in Penang: Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786-1957 that has…

EXHIBITION BASED ON AWARD-WINNING BOOK BRINGS YOU THE ‘CHULIA’ PEOPLE

by MAIRA ZAMRI FEBRUARY 1, 2016 HAILING from the Coromandel Coast of South India, the Chulia are a race of people who migrated to Penang in order to trade goods such as kain pelikat and pepper in the…

THE CHULIA IN PENANG

Khoo Salma Nasution, author and heritage advocate | Amira Salleh, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia   The author was invited by the Kapitan Keling Mosque chairman to document the history of the historical building. From there, the…

Regal landmark

BY ANEETA SUNDARARAJ Penang’s Kapitan Keling Mosque evokes a sense of pride and belonging, writes Aneeta Sundararaj IN the early 1990s, a little girl and her parents lived in Air Itam, Penang. Although the State Mosque…

Old Trees, the Living Heritage in Penang

    会呼吸的古迹 老树世纪遮荫 Old Trees, the Living Heritage in Penang 一座美丽的城市, 通常种满绿树。 槟城树多, 泰半过百岁。 英殖民政府1802年开始种树, 将多种热带树木引进移植, 成就今日绿叶成荫。 两百年过去, 老树继续茁壮参天。 它们比一些战前老房子还老, 它们是会呼吸的古迹。 只不过,尽管天天见面, 人们不知树有树名, 忽略了槟城老树是东南亚区域里 长得特多特好的。 Penang is a beautiful city full of trees.  Since British colonial government started to plant trees in 1802, and introduced a variety of tropical trees in Penang, today…

Historic town revisited in photo and art exhibition

by Jeremy Tan STEP back in time and see how mainland Penang evolved over the centuries in the 100 Images of Province Wellesley Exhibition in Seberang Prai. The event, held in an old shophouse unit at…

Abandoned shophouses come alive during Butterworth Fringe Festival (VIDEO)

by Opalyn Mok GEORGE TOWN, Aug 16 — With paint peeling off their walls, the tired looking pre-war shophouses stood forlorn and abandoned in rows behind the main road of Jalan Bagan Luar. Other than a…

The Chulia in Penang wins ICAS Colleagues’ Choice Award

    The Chulia in Penang wins ICAS Colleagues’ Choice Award 2015   Areca Books is delighted to announce that The Chulia in Penang: Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786–1957  by Khoo Salma Nasution has won the Colleagues’…

English books to inspire students

ARECA Books has donated 280 copies of two English books to the Penang Education Department for the benefit of secondary school students. The books that themed Malaysia’s post-independence would be placed at the libraries of…

In memoriam: Malcolm Wade (1933–2015)

Malcolm Wade passed away in England on 3 March 2015, a day before his 82nd birthday. He was a former chairman of The Malaya Study Group (1975–1978). The Malaya Study Group promotes the understanding…

Cherishing her father’s legacy

By S. ISTA KYRA | nst_ipoh@yahoo.com ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE: Ruth Iversen Rollit is working on a book about her father, Berthel Michael Iversen, who designed many of Ipoh’s landmarks IPOH: RUTH Iversen Rollit, daughter of Danish architect…

In memoriam: Tenas Effendy (1936–2015)

Tenas Effendy (b. 1936) passed away in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia on 28 February 2015 at the age of 79. Tenas Effendy is the non-de-plume of Tengku Nasaruddin Said Effendy; teacher, writer, poet, culturalist,…

Remembering days of fun in the sun

Sometimes, we have to look through another’s eyes to see something special in the ordinary. Reading the memoirs of John Michael Broome Hughes, especially the section devoted to his time in this country, one…

Recalling a Thai Malaysian Legacy

The history of Phuket and this region, is the late Khaw Sim Bee Na Ranong, better known on Phuket as Praya Rassada. He was the high commissioner of Phuket and the Southwestern region of…

The kampung house revisited

Article by Farah Fazanna Zulzaha   Guests to the Rumah: An Ode to Malay House book launch took the time to enjoy the illustrations by London-based illustrator Ahmad Harun.   A BOOK of poems dedicated to traditional Malay…

Book brings memories of living in a kampung

Letter by S. Sundareson, Petaling Jaya   I REFER to the article “The kampong house revisited” (The Star, March 25). The launch of the book “Rumah – An Ode to the Malay house” brings back fond memories…

Book by cultural icon pays tribute to the traditional Malay dwelling

Article by Farah Fazanna Zulzaha Lat (left) and Areca Books founding partner Abdur- Razzaq Lubis sharing a moment to read Tenas Effendy’s newly launched book of poems.   A BOOK of poems dedicated to traditional Malay houses…

Missionary couple’s contributions are well-recorded in Penang

Article by Wong Chun Wai The newly refurbished church in Farquhar Street is one of the country’s 50 national treasures. IT IS easily the most beautiful church in Penang but more than that, St George’s Church,…

Conservative Crusader: Law Siak Hong defends Perak’s Heritage

Article by Kenny Mah IPOH, Jan 24 — Initially conceived by a band of citizens concerned about the conservation of Ipoh’s historical sites, the Perak Heritage Society (PHS) now promotes public awareness and preservation of…

US newspaper features Malaysian doctor’s photography

Article by Winnie Yeoh Veteran shutter bug: A file picture of Ooi attending the official launch of ‘Portraits of Penang: Little India’ in Georgetown. GEORGE TOWN: A local doctor has been featured in an article in…

Snapshots of Globalization’s First Wave

Article by Sunil S. Amrith Every weekend in 1979, Ooi Cheng Ghee took his Leica camera out to the docks of Penang, an island off the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Mr. Ooi, a local…

If walls could speak

Article by Christina Chin Typical of architecture of its time, in the 18th century, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion features a mix of features, such as the Scottish cast iron columns and railings that surround an…

Ipoh Echo – Mark Soo’s Book Launched

Article written by Lena A book launch, jointly hosted by Perak Academy and Areca Books in honour of Mark Yoi Sun Soo’s debut book, was held at Symphony Suites, Ipoh recently. Entitled “My Days in the…

Penning a Memoir: Dr Soo narrates life after years of labour

Article written by Cheryl Hew, Photos by Saiful Bahri Dr Mark Soo, a renowned radiologist was interviewed by The Star during the launching of his memoir, My Days in the Sun. He spoke of  his…

Penang as a Presidency

Article written by Kat Fatland   Article originally published on Penang International – Volume 7  – April – May…

A review of “Penang, the Fourth Presidency of India”

by Looi Sue-Chern IMPORTANCE: Penang was more than just one of the Straits Settlement states under British rule, learns Looi Sue-Chern from an Australian author researching the history of Melbourne Driven by his ancestral links, Australian…

Napoleon’s Role in Shaping Penang as Key Player in World Trade

Carolyn O'Donnell interviews Marcus Langdon on his new book, "Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India"

“Going back in Time”: A Review for Planter’s Bungalow

Call it a consummate passion or, simply, a labour of love, but for the past five years, retirees Datuk Peter Jenkins and his wife Waveney have travelled through hundreds of miles of English, Scottish…