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24 Feb 2016: Book launch and talk on the Big Five Hokkien clans: Khoo, Cheah, Yeoh, Lim & Tan February 25, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

Penang Institute together with Areca Books is proud to jointly organise the upcoming book launch and forum on Penang Chinese Commerce in the 19th Century by Dr Wong Yee Tuan. Date   :   Saturday, 27 February 2016 Time  :   10am-12pm Venue: The Star, Pitt Street The story of Penang would be incomplete without the Big Five Hokkien clans (the Khoo, the Cheah, the Yeoh, the Lim and the Tan). It was the Big Five who played a…

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21 Feb 2016: The Valley of Hope – Posted in: Newsletters

The history of the Sungai Buloh leprosy settlement has been vividly captured in a series of books and videos produced by a team of researchers. Featuring many old photographs, brief histories, family reunions and stories of former patients who were forcefully isolated due to their affliction. These journeys from hopelessness and despair to healing and happiness are nothing short of moving. There is little doubt that stories of human interest generate much attention, whatever the…

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14 Feb 2016: An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles February 15, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

Sochaczewski, an explorer of ideas, offers informed, sometimes edgy, always accessible illustrations of issues Wallace cared ahout deeply. This book should make everyone want to explore and experience the rainforests of Asia before they are all gone. – Robin Hanbliry-Tenison, explorer, author Despite what the cover says, this tome isn’t a naturalist’s field guide to beetles. The title comes from an answer which British biochemist J. B. S. Haldane gave to a distinguished theologian when asked…

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07 Feb 2016: The Soul of Malaya & Twilight in Djakarta – Posted in: Newsletters

Two writers from different worlds share common ground in producing works of literature with all the makings of great classics – Henri Fauconnier’s The Soul of Malaya and Mochtar Lubis’s Twilight in Djakarta – two groundbreaking works of remarkable invention. The selections for this week’s newsletter fit comfortably within the category of ‘timeless classics’ – impressive works of contemporary literature that have withstood changes in tastes and are still very much relevant and influential. Published…

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31 Jan 2016: Stories and landmarks of Penang and George Town – Posted in: Newsletters

Our featured books this week are remarkable examples of historical and cultural narratives brought to life through articulate research and sumptuous photographs of famous landmarks and peoples. Their stories are presented in a readable manner that will appeal to a broad audience. The books can be enjoyed from the comfort of your chair or be taken along as guides during an active walking tour. George Town – World Heritage Site (Mark Thompson, Karl Steinberg &…

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23 Jan 2016: The Chulia in Penang – historical talk & exhibition (Jan 2016) – Posted in: Newsletters

Please join us for a historical talk on Saturday, 30 January, 2016 and an exhibition from 28th January to 28th March, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur. The events are organised by the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Entrance is free for both events. Seats for the talk are limited; please RSVP via email to or call 03-2270 5111/5101/5103. The Chulia Diaspora, Mosque and Endowments Lecture The Chulia in Penang Photography Exhibition The Chulia Diaspora, Mosque and Endowments Date: Saturday, 30 January, 2016 Time:…

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