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Magic in the Malay World

The difference between divination and the divine is a fine one. South-East Asia is a region with strong beliefs in the spirit world, blending modern rationality and traditional knowledge. There is great reciprocity between the…

8 Dec 2017: Penang and Its Networks of Knowledge

The essays testify to the rich cultural life of Penang’s cosmopolitan populace, who were engaging simultaneously with tradition and modernity, with indigeneity and foreignness, and producing new types of hybridities in thought, expression, the…

9 Nov 2017: A celebration of trees

Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking. — Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmental activist and Nobel laureate World Town Planning…

Penang Nyonya Colouring Book

COMING SOON This book delightfully depicts the items typically found in a Penang Nyonya’s life and household in the early twentieth century. Colour these beautiful designs as you please, while learning about a unique culture. About…

Penang and Its Networks of Knowledge

Penang and Its Networks of Knowledge

About the book Penang and Its Networks of Knowledge brings together the work of eleven distinguished scholars in efforts to recover and preserve cultural-historical knowledge embedded in the fabric of the city of George Town…

20 Oct 2017: Let the Aisles Proclaim

Come 21st October, the oldest school in Southeast Asia will celebrate its 201st birthday. Widely recognised as a renowned educational establishment, the Penang Free School’s august hallways still resound with the footsteps of its…

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30 Sept 2017: Kingdom’s Edge

Anyone who has travelled to Thailand’s southern border would have a hard time conflating this troubled zone with the country’s touristy image as an exotic, tropical getaway and the ‘Land of Smiles’. A long-running…

9 Sept 2017: A quartet of Terengganu stories

Terengganu is a treasure trove of Malay culture, crafts and architecture. With the earliest written reports going back to the beginning of the 6th century, the state is a cornucopia of heritage ― its…

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