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25 June 2016: The Malay Archipelago & Syair Lampung Karam Revisited June 27, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

…van Wyhe’s annotated edition of The Malay Archipelago offers both interesting material for the general reader and a valuable research aid that will serve Wallace scholars for decades to come. – Dr. Will Abberley The Krakatau poem is also a testament to human dignity and courage: brave survivors save lives, strangers care for orphans, and food and money are provided for refugees traveling to Batavia. – Stephen Joyce, Asian Review Featured this week are much…

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18 June 2016: Perniagaan Haji di Pulau Pinang dan Dokumentasi Sultan Kedah – Posted in: Newsletters

The hajj trade flourished from the 19th century to the 1970s in Lebuh Acheh, George Town, transforming the enclave into a hive of entrepreneurial opportunities for the Malay-Muslims, Chinese and Indians. The correspondences of Sultan Abdul Hamid sheds light on the socio-economic affairs of Kedah, which involved the participation of Chinese investors from Penang and trade relations with Siam and Britain. Our featured book this week comprises two award-winning Malay monographs in one slim volume:…

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12 June 2016: Phoenix Rising – Narratives in Nyonya Beadwork from the Straits Settlements June 13, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

“Nyonya beadwork provides snapshots of the changes in society and culture as the ideas, attitudes, and aspirations of the producers and consumers of beadwork were distilled into these intricately worked items.” Phoenix Rising: Narratives in Nyonya Beadwork from the Straits Settlements is an eloquent, well-researched and gorgeously illustrated book by Hwei-Fe’n Cheah. Like a richly painted triptych, the writer describes significant aspects of Nyonya beadwork in three sections: its social role, its development through time…

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04 June 2016: The Jewelry of Southeast Asia June 6, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

Lavish colour illustrations…For collectors of Asian jewellery as well as contemporary jewellery designers seeking inspiration, there is everything. – Jeweller Because of the way it’s sometimes presented, in a pedantic and dry retelling of things past, history is often perceived as a stuffy subject for many people. A good teacher or a well written book can, however, make all the difference, and turn history into an entertaining and engaging topic. Our featured book, The Jewelry…

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28 May 2016: Pearly’s Nyonya Pantry – Posted in: Newsletters

Penang Nyonya cuisine is famous for its Thai, Malay and lndian influences. To me, this is the true beauty of Penang and Nyonya food, how a vibrant community made up of different cultures and ethnic groups built trust, became friends and eventually created great food that continues to be enjoyed today. – Pearly Kee French novelist Marcel Proust once claimed, in one of his books, that a person’s olfaction possessed the power of unleashing a…

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21 May 2016: Wanderer to Brunei and Beyond – Posted in: Newsletters

“I don’t have enough words to praise Mr. Gallop. What he has written, what he has done, the amount of questions he asked, the places he has been in Brunei are all marks of a classic adventurer. One who is not scared or worried about what he will find out at the other end. I wish there was more people like Mr. Gallop. Unfortunately there is only one of him.” – Hj Mohd Rozan b. Dato…

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