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28 Nov 2015: Dining with Dragons November 30, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

The first thing that comes to mind, when confronted with Dining with Dragons, is the assumption that it is a cook book, and then some.  The main author is, after all, none other than world-renowned chef Carol Selva Rajah. Delving into its contents, however, reveals pleasant surprises—not only is Carol adept at whipping up delectable dishes, she is equally skilled at weaving tasteful yarns! Dubbed ‘Superchef’ and ‘Queen of Nonya Cuisine’, Malaysia-born Carol, 75, is…

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20 Nov 2015: Straits Chinese Embroidery & Beadwork – Posted in: Newsletters

The magic of the needle and the mystery of the motifs have mesmerized many. Silks and beads work together to evoke the majesty, pomp and ceremony of an era…they invoke celestial collaboration of cosmic proportions to procure heaven’s blessings on earth. The beauty, romance, and wonder of an era, are bound to the Straits Chinese, beautifully preserved and gently laid on silks and velvets.—Lillian Tong Straits Chinese Embroidery & Beadworkis a tribute to the extensive…

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Heritage Trees of Penang—Kew Bulletin review November 26, 2015 – Posted in: Reviews

As Head of the Arboretum at Kew where I curate the outdoor temperate tree collections in the UK, this work is not the normal subject of a book that you will find in my library at home, but is a valuable new addition to my shelves that I have since used as reference. On my summer vacation to Florida in 2011, I visited the Fairchild Botanic Garden in Miami where I was introduced to a…

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‘Living Landscapes’ review by Creighton Connolly November 23, 2015 – Posted in: Reviews

Living Landscapes Connected Communities: Culture, Environment and Change across Asia Justine Vaz and Narumol Aphinives (eds). Areca Books, George Town, 2014, pp. xxviii + 344 (ISBN 967-571-911-7). This ambitious book is derived from a multiyear project titled ‘Community-based Initiatives toward Human–Ecological Balance’, which was initiated by the Asia Pacific Intellectuals (API) Foundation and centred upon five diverse sites across Asia. This captivating volume examines the lives and environments of each community visited and asks how the residents in each place have…

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13 Nov 2015: Exquisite art—the sublime fruits of Loka Made November 16, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

I believe that most artists have the urge to publish their own artbook and of course, l am one of them. Nevertheless, I hope my book will not just be an ordinary artbook but a bookfilled with creative illustrations, text, and concept ideas.—FeiGiap Loka Made is the name given to an imaginative series of illustrations which started in 2011. Its inception began when author FeiGiap had a chance visit to Kuala Pilah, the birthplace of…

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06 Nov 2015: Legacy of the Rawas – Posted in: Newsletters

The stories behind culture and history should be read in as many languages as possible. A good part of Malaysia’s history has a direct and intimate kinship with the Rawas and an appreciation of the nation’s heritage would be incomplete without the written and oral testimonies in the mother tongue—replete with all the unique nuances and patois. The inevitable forward march of progress, coupled with the passage of time, often impacts upon a community’s connection…

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30 Oct 2015: Lim Boon Keng on Confucianism – Posted in: Newsletters

If we can understand the Bible without using Hebrew, Buddhism without Sanskrit, and Koran without Arabic, it is because these world religions have transcended geographical boundaries and belonged to the whole of humanity. Whether or not Confucianism can likewise transcend its Chinese origin and be expounded in English is a challenge… and its ability to successfully do so would have profound signi  cance…—Prof. Tu Weiming Confucianism, a way of life and a system of philosophical teachings…

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23 Oct 2015: Two tales of a city – Posted in: Newsletters

Two tales of a city. Some people create a story, Elsewhere, someone else is profiicient in story telling, and another is good at story writing, The city of George Town is definitely a good start, and we hope that some day, you and me, through story telling and story writing, can rediscover the city that belongs to us. Can stories change lives, affect events and make differences? Yes it can, according to some, especially when…

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16 Oct 2015: Peranakan Heritage Museum & Parting Glances – Posted in: Newsletters

This house   fills me with pride, a reminder of my heritage and the rich and unique culture of the Peranakan Chinese…As I live and love the Peranakan way of life, my hope is that the conservation of this house as a museum will encourage the learning, appreciation and preservation of this beautiful culture.- Chan Kim Sinn, Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum The two pictorial publications featured this week raises a topic which heritage watchers are familiar…

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10 Oct 2015—Malaysian festivals and celebrations November 9, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

Music, dance, trance, colour, ritual, history and community involvement are all part of what makes a festival attractive to both residents and tourists alike. When you add to that mix the diversity of its peoples, Festivals of Malaysia will take you on a festival journey like no other.—Keith Hockton Imagine a calendar or a country without festivals and holidays—it would be like a fine opera without the staging—utterly bland and lifeless ! This is even…

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