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13 Oct 2014: Handmade in India November 10, 2014 – Posted in: Newsletters

Handmade in India unravels a tapestry of the knowledge and skills of generations of India’s craftspeople in traditional and contemporary settings. UNESCO defines traditional craftsmanship as perhaps the most tangible manifestation of intangible cultural heritage. The Convention acknowledges that it is not just the skills and knowledge involved in craftsmanship that are important, but also the continuation of passing skills and knowledge onto others, particularly within the same communities. Handmade in India is a celebration…

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03 Oct 2014: Concepts of space in traditional Indian architecture – Posted in: Newsletters

Architect and academician Yatin Pandya helps us understand the generic principles of space organization that render so many historical Indian buildings timeless. What sets traditional Indian architecture apart from other forms involves an abstract concept of what is known as kinesthetics, or “the spatial experiences derived through narratives of the dynamic perceptions of time, space and existence.” It’s certainly an intriguing subject, even if it sounds very formidable to all but the most architecturally-informed. Rest…

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25 Sept 2014: Areca Book’s new outlet – Posted in: Newsletters

Hello reader and welcome to Areca Books @ The Star Pitt Street Where books meet art, culture, heritage and more The Star Pitt St, Penang’s new hub for culture, arts and heritage opened on 6 September 2014. Housed on the ground floor where the printing plant used to be is the new Areca Books outlet and The Penang Story gallery. A space for talks and exhibitions occupies the first floor while the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra…

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17 July 2014: One Man’s Will November 6, 2014 – Posted in: Newsletters

We have heard the cries for freedom before … to want freedom is a natural tendency, but acquiring real freedom is not easy — Dato’ Onn Jaafar In a nutshell, the name Dato’ Onn Jaafar is indelibly linked to the creation of Malaysia’s present ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation, formed to oppose the British-dominated Malayan Union.  As the years passed, Onn became increasingly disillusioned with UMNO’s race-based policies and attempted to open the party…

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12 June 2014: The Rumah Book Launch – Posted in: Newsletters

The Malay rumah kampung is a cultural icon, and we should remember and hold on to the tradition that makes up our identity. — Lat Areca Books is happy to share with you the video of the Rumah book launch in Kuala Lumpur recently. Malaysian cartoonist Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid, better known as Lat, was guest of honour at the launch held at the Kuala Lumpur Gallery in March. In his speech Lat described the traditional…

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03 June 2014: The Chulia in Penang November 3, 2014 – Posted in: Newsletters

Provides a fascinating persepctive on Chulias in Penang…with evocative images that sharply capture their Indianness and Islamic cosmopolitanism. Areca Books is happy to announce a new publication The Chulia in Penang, a cornerstone study on the history of a significant South Indian community. The book is on sale at Areca Books, and for a very limited time, in Kuala Lumpur at the International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences at ESTCON 2014, Kuala Lumpur Convention…

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30 April 2014: Penang – The Fourth Presidency of India – Posted in: Newsletters

An in-depth and compelling narrative of a fascinating period in Penang’s history Langdon has accomplished a book that no person interested in Penang’s past can do without. It is finely produced with an impressive array of illustrations, and is clearly one of the finest books on the first decades of the island’s history. — Ooi Kee Beng, Penang Monthly Marcus Langdon’s Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India — a flagship title from our catalogue —…

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12 April 2014: Plague Fighter – Posted in: Newsletters

A legacy that will continue to make a real difference to lives all over the world We are happy to present the latest addition to our ‘Reprints’ catalogue – Plague Fighter: The Autobiography of a Modern Chinese Physician. First published in 1959, it is now available again for your reading pleasure. To order or purchase the book, please visit our website or drop by our bookstore. Thank you! The pages of history are scattered with the…

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31 March 2014: My Father in His Suitcase – Posted in: Newsletters

An engaging and frank autobiography of a renowned scientist Much more than a biography of one of the titans of tropical botany. Meticulously researched, beautifully written, riveting. Perhaps The Fates had a hand in it – a boy who rediscovers a father he thought he had lost in, of all places, a well-travelled suitcase intriguingly marked For Kay, wherever he might be. In 1960, John (Kay) Corner left home at age 19 and would never…

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11 March 2014: Rumah – Ode to the Malay House – Posted in: Newsletters

The Malay house represents the wisdom of traditional ways of building Where else would we find a place to shelter that is more peaceful, than in an abode such as this… – Lat Tenas Effendy once said that a house is not only a place to live, but it should also serve as a microcosm of the perfection of life. The Malay house, poetically depicted in his poem, represents the wisdom of traditional ways of…

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