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    Handmade in India: Crafts of India – Edited by Aditi Ranjan & M P Ranjan http://arecabooks.com/product/handmade-india-crafts-india/ Handmade in India: Crafts of India is a unique compendium that probes into all aspects of handicrafts – historical,…

Biography – Memoirs are the backstairs of history

Gowri http://arecabooks.com/product/gowri/ This book is a biographical tale based on the life of a women simply known as Gowri. Subtitled A Biographical Tale about a Spirited Resilient Malaysian Indian Women, it is a narrative of her…

Celebrating genius loci – Discover the ‘spirit’ of places with our featured books this month

    The Towns of Malaya http://arecabooks.com/product/the-towns-of-malaya/ An overview of Malaya’s progress and development, as seen from the perspective of its towns circa late19th century to 1957. A total of 35 towns selected, representing three main categories: royal,…

International Women’s Day 2017

  International Women’s Day 2017 aims, among other goals, to challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men’s contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. Areca Books celebrates the occasion…

Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist by Gurmit Singh

How did environmental activism begin in Malaysia? Who were the key players back in the 1970s, when the international community was just starting to notice climate change? ‘Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist’ chronicles the…

7 Jan 2017: Bangsawan – a Social and Stylistic History of Popular Malay Opera

The term teater tradisional (traditional theatre) has been used in Malaysia to denote entertainment which has existed for many generations, especially one which contains cultural elements of the Southeast Asian region. Bangsawan, formerly called Teater…

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…

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…

Slowly seeking Seberang Perai by Khoo Salma Nasution

To support the forthcoming book on mystartr.com: http://www.mystartr.com/projects/seberangperai   For updates on the book: https://www.facebook.com/seberangperaibook/ Isi Kandungan | Contents Kata Pengantar | Foreword Penghargaan | Acknowledgements Mukadimah | Introduction Artifak dan Prasasti | Artifacts and Inscriptions Pertanian dan Perkebunan | Farming and Agriculture Butterworth Sungai dan Jambatan…

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…

04 July 2015: Winged Wonders–Malaysian Heritage

Winged Wonders: Malaysian Heritage showcases the spectacular beauty and remarkable drama of our resident and migratory birds from the common to the rare. Over 200 bird species featured in this lavishly illustrated book. The cover…

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’…

Talk at SOAS, University of London: Chulia Cultural Expressions in nineteenth century Penang

TALK AT SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies) The author Khoo Salma Nasution gave a talk at SOAS in London on ‘Chulia Cultural Expressions in nineteenth century Penang’ on 23 April 2015.   Venue: Room B102,…

27 Nov 2014: Traditional Trades of Penang

Highlights Penang’s age-old artisans and trades in vivid detail, offering rare glimpses into crafts and occupations that have endured time and tide. Areca Books is thrilled to announce its new publication: Traditional Trades of Penang, written and…

11 Sept 2014: Bujang Valley – Kedah’s archaeological wonder

A walk along the candis of Bujang Valley will make one feel history coming back to life … and leave one with a sense of wonder that this was the site of a glorious…

21 March 2014: Penang Hokkien Dictionary (English-Hokkien)

A handy guide to Penang’s charming ‘rojak Hokkien’ This new edition of the Penang Hokkien dictionary is the most thorough reference guide to a unique form of Hokkien widely spoken in and around Penang today. Hokkien…

28 March 2013: A History of Phuket and the Surrounding Region

“One can’t just look at events on Phuket in isolation, but should be aware of the large historical context in which they occurred.” Colin Mackay, Author With its stunning white sand beaches juxtaposed against soft, azure…

28 March 2013: A History of Phuket and the Surrounding Region

“One can’t just look at events on Phuket in isolation, but should be aware of the large historical context in which they occurred.” Colin Mackay, Author With its stunning white sand beaches juxtaposed against soft, azure…

“One can’t just look at events on Phuket in isolation, but should be aware of the large historical context in which they occurred.” Colin Mackay, Author With its stunning white sand beaches juxtaposed against soft, azure…

“One can’t just look at events on Phuket in isolation, but should be aware of the large historical context in which they occurred.” Colin Mackay, Author With its stunning white sand beaches juxtaposed against soft, azure…

Significance of the Malay house

In his foreword in the book ‘Rumah’ (pictured above), Lat reminds us that Malays came from the Malay kampung house (at least most Malays do), ‘born and raised in surroundings steeped in Malay customs…

A window on Perak

Looking at Perak’s past through the simple postcard. In this frenzied digital age, who can be bothered to mail a postcard? Holidays are so short, air travel so speedy, that the traveller often is back…

SAM lecturer co-authors dendrology book

DISTED SAM biology lecturer Angel Lai Ee May showing her co-written book ‘Heritage Trees of Penang’ during its launch by the Governor of Penang at the E&O Hotel in conjunction with the George Town UNESCO…

Nadia Wright: “Making Sense of Historical Mysteries is Fascinating”

Armenians never totaled more than 100 at any given time in Singapore. Armenians comprised a tiny group in Singapore’s history, totaling 656 identified individuals between 1820 and 2002. Of the 656, only around 184…

Khoo Salma Nasution

Khoo Su Nin 邱思妮 @ Khoo Salma Nasution Author, publisher, social historian, heritage advocate and cultural entrepreneur. Short resume I am a fifth generation Penang peranakan and an author, publisher and heritage advocate. I have written or…

The ‘Pirate Priest’ – A Reappraisal

The bulk of this journal comprise a miscellany of articles and essays based on recent dedicated research into Sabah’s still nebulous past. These articles are largely tributes and descriptive accounts covering the pre-colonial and…