Days Gone By: Growing Up in Penang

Days Gone By: Growing Up in Penang

RM50

Christine Wu Ramsay
November 2007. Areca Books
Hardcover. 24.7 cm x 17.2 cm, 175 pages,
123 illustrations
ISBN 9789834283469

Product Description

Days Gone by: Growing Up in Penang by Christine Wu Ramsay

Growing up in a house full of amahs, Christine Wu Ramsay describes her childhood in the Straits Settlement of Penang, beginning with how her great-grandfather became a mining magnate and Vice Consul of China. Using over a hundred photographs from her family album, she portrays a way of life and philosophy where the practice of polygamy and the ownership of bondmaids were accepted facets of life.

Table of Contents

Prologue

The Beginning, Kong Tai Partial Family Tree

The Second and Third Generations

Ah Kwai

Penang during the Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945

Life back at Farquhar Street

The Bondmaid

Primary School

Ah Kong and Por Por

Holidays and Festivals

From Farquhar Street to Codrington Avenue

A Period of Change

Secondary School and Farewell Penang

Epilogue

 

Editorial Reviews

“With her lively anecdotal style Christine Wu Ramsay has provided a sympathetic and informative first-hand perspec­tive on the lives led by the Chinese elite … Her story enriches our understanding of this by-gone era.” Leslie A.K. James

“…a riveting read for those who love to take a voyeuristic peek into the past.” Choong Kwee Kim, The Star

About the Author

Christine Wu Ramsay grew up in the British Straits Settlement of Penang, part of present-day Malaysia. Her account begins with the arrival of her great-grandfather, Leong Fee – a poor Hakka migrant from China who rose to become the owner of the famous ‘Tambun Mines’ in Perak and a Vice-Consul of China in Penang. Brought up by her grandparents and cared for by black-and-white amahs, Christine enjoyed an idyllic childhood – affected but not marred by the Japanese Occupation and declining family fortunes – up till her departure for Australia in 1957. She graduated from and undertook research in organic chemistry at Adelaide and Melbourne Universities, the Chester Beatty Research Institute in London and Brandies University in Massachusetts in the 1960s. She established Raya Gallery, the first gallery in Melbourne to specialise in contemporary South East Asian art, in the 1970s. From the 1990s to the present, she has been an exhibiting photographer.

Click here for photo gallery of the official book launch in Penang on 4 November 2007

Additional Information

Weight 650 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 17.2 x 1.7 cm