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Areca Books: Pledge Form for Tarikh Raja Asal September 4, 2020 – Posted in: Book pledge

We are presently looking for additional funds to print the book. The minimum contribution is RM100. Contributors will, if they wish, get their names or organizations mentioned/listed in the Penghargaan. For every RM100, a contributor receives a complimentary copy of the book. If you are interested in contributing to this significant book, please use this pledge form by clicking the button below: Salam and Horas, After my book Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur was…

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Book Review: TIN MAN – Posted in: Reviews

I see Tin Man by Yin, as a local Malaysian story with a ‘wake-up’ call to fellow citizens irrespective of race, to not take lightly the racial discourse faced in the country. In what is viewed as growing intolerance amongst Malaysians, Yin, a Malaysian Chinese, makes a timely and conscious attempt in Tin Man to historically reflect upon the struggles of the early Chinese migrants and their current state of welfare. Spanned across three generations,…

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The book, Living Art, is a survey of living, creative practices September 2, 2020 – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

By Shalini Ganendra  NUMEROUS romanticised notions surround the field of creativity, including divine talent and magical product delivery. What the recently-released Living Art publication deftly reflects, through the careful and very readable case studies of 14 established local artists, is that sustainable and successful creative careers also require clear method, diligence, reflection and challenge. Living Art is a survey of living, creative practices. Discussion and writing revolve around questions, posed to each artist, covering: (1) Growing up; (2) Learning Process;…

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‘Living Art’: The inspired lives of 14 Malaysian artists and their creative practice – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

BY SHALINI GANENDRA , The Malay Mail KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 — Numerous romanticised notions surround the field of creativity, including divine talent and magical product delivery. What the recently released Living Art by Emelia Ong adeptly reflects, through the careful and very readable case studies of 14 established local artists is that sustainable and successful creative careers also require clear method, diligence, reflection and challenge. Living Art is a survey of living art practices.  Thus, the import of the publication goes…

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How do Malaysian artists make art? ‘Living Art’ tells their stories – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

By TERENCE TOH , The Star Whenever veteran sculptor Mad Anuar Ismail approaches material for a new piece of work, he needs to “negotiate” with it first. Some artists begin with a preconceived idea of what they want to make, and then look for the right medium to craft it. Mad Anuar, in his late 60s, will listen to the “will” of the wood he works with. The resulting artwork he creates will reflect the conversation…

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Berthel Michael Iversen: architect May 13, 2020 – Posted in: In The News

Quick facts Intro Architect Was Architect Type Engineering Gender Male Birth 1 January 1906 Death 1 January 1976 (aged 70 years) The details Biography Berthel Michael Iversen (1906–76) aka B.M. Iversen, was a Danish architect active in Malaysia, and the founder of Iversen, van Sitteren & Partners. Most of his works were in Malaya (now Malaysia) and Singapore. He designed a large number of buildings in his Malayan home town, Ipoh. He eventually had offices in…

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Iversen: Architect of Ipoh and Modern Malaya May 7, 2020 – Posted in: Reviews

Review by Mark Hinchman Berthel Michael Iversen (1906–76) was born in Denmark, but his entire professional career played out in Malaya, where he worked from 1928 to 1966. For more than three decades, he was one of the major figures working to create a distinctive Southeast Asian architectural modernism. Examining his career offers a means of probing the specifics by which modernism flourished in the region. In this book on her father’s life and work,…

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In 1911, another epidemic swept through China. That time, the world came together April 27, 2020 – Posted in: In The News

Paul French In 1911, a deadly epidemic spread through China and threatened to become a pandemic. Its origins appeared to be related to the trade in wild animals, but at the time no one was sure. Lockdowns, quarantine measures, the wearing of masks, travel restrictions, the mass cremation of victims, and border controls were deployed to try to lower the infection rate. Yet more than 60,000 people died in modern-day northeast China, making it one…

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The untold origin story of the N95 mask – Posted in: In The News

The most important design object of our time was more than a century in the making. Mark Wilson It’s hard to think of a symbol of COVID-19 more fraught than the N95 respirator. The mask fits tightly around the face and is capable of filtering 95% of airborne particles, such as viruses, from the air, which other protective equipment (such as surgical masks) can’t do. It’s a life-saving device that is now in dangerously short supply.…

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How Malaysian plague fighter Wu Lien-teh laid down lessons for Wuhan virus – Posted in: In The News

Toh Han Shih A century ago, Wu stopped a pneumonic plague that killed 60,000 in northeast China using preventive measures considered ahead of their time Wu’s lessons still hold relevance in modern medicine today, a Singapore professor says As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in China and elsewhere, the efforts of a Malaysian doctor who ended a pneumonic plague that killed 60,000 in northeast China a century ago bears lessons for the current pandemic,…

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