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26 Dec 2015: Peranakan Tiles of Singapore December 31, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

In the early part of the 20th century, decorative tiles found favour with the affluent Peranakan community of Singapore, who decorated their houses, furniture and other surfaces with them. This book attempts to showcase some of the most exquisite examples seen across Singapore today. It also aims to create awareness about this fragile legacy that needs to be preserved for future generations. Decorative tiles were once employed as outward symbols of wealth and prosperity. In…

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19 Dec 2015: Singapore & The Silk Road of The Sea December 21, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

Replace the camel with the ship, change the dusty dry deserts to an immensity of water; instead of the caravanserai,  imagine a chain of seaports on the edge of the great Asian landmass; instead of nomadic bandits, think of pirates and you will begin to understand why the Silk Road of the Sea deserves more attention than it has received. The famed ‘Silk Road’ is a network of trade routes that traversed across Asia to the Mediterranean Sea. Celebrated in…

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13 Dec 2015: Penang Chinese Commerce in the 19th Century – Posted in: Newsletters

The study of the five clans of Penang represents a major breakthrough in the study of the Malayan Chinese. It weaves together the various strands of overseas Chinese life not only in Malaya, but also in the Netherland Indies, Siam and China and shows the process by which the Chinese leaders gained political, economic and social power as well as the way by which these powers were lost. -Carl A. Trocki, Queensland University of Technology, Australia…

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04 Dec 2015: Langkawi Style – Posted in: Newsletters

Langkawi is multi-faceted; it is more than just a picture-perfect nature haven visitors come to explore. Does Langkawi have a style? Maybe…maybe not. What she has is a way of life, a mosaic of cultures and graceful architecture-all beautifully captured in this unique book. It is a tribute to a disappearing world, and an emerging one. Malaysia is made up of several ‘touristy’ spots that, on a superficial level, resemble each other—what truly sets one…

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Old Trees, the Living Heritage in Penang December 9, 2015 – Posted in: In The News

    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 these century-old trees that are older than some prewar old buildings turn out to be a living heritage. Despite living in…

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