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14 May 2016: World War II – Bukit Brown May 16, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

“The stories have taken us to the Endau Settlement in Johor, to Taiping and to the battle fields of Europe in ways so unexpected they took our breath away. It is a slow and at times painful unraveling of family history, lost in memory but for the persistence of descendants. It is…but a     first step in the difficult journey of rediscovery and remembering.” – Claire Leow and Catherine Lim, editors World War II – Bukit Brown is…

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07 May 2016: Slowly Seeking Seberang Perai – Posted in: Newsletters

Become an active participant today in the production of our upcoming book Province Wellesley, A Pictorial History. We are calling for supporters to take part in the realisation of this important project via mystartr.com. Sejarah Bergambar Seberang Perai / Province Wellesley, A Pictorial History will be a bilingual book in Bahasa Malaysia and English. We hope this will make it accessible to people of all ages, especially Malaysian schoolchildren who want to learn about Malaysian place…

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01 May 2016: Taming the Wild – Posted in: Newsletters

The question of who is indigenous, and the role racial identification plays in indigeneity, permeate the discussions raised in Taming the Wild. It is part of a longer history of racial politics involving the interplay between ruling government exigencies and scientific ideas about race and origins that has been taking place since the late 18th century and is still ongoing. – Sandra Khor Manickam Orang Asli, a catch-all phrase that includes a variety of indigenous or…

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24 April 2016: Penang & Nyonya nostalgia – Posted in: Newsletters

There is not, probably, any part of the world, where, in so small a space, so many different people are assembled together, or so many languages spoken. – Sir George Leith on Penang Nostalgia sells. As society propels itself towards irreversible modernity and change, the nostalgia bandwagon does brisk business filling yearnings for virtual glimpses into a familiar and comforting past – through books, films, music and other forms of commercial media. Age of the…

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17 April 2016: Earth Day 2016 special – Posted in: Newsletters

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi Each year, April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It acknowledges the responsibility we bear to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a balance between economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations. Today, Earth Day is recognised as the largest…

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