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14 January 2013: “Malacca, Voices from the Street” February 14, 2013 – Posted in: Newsletters

“We began by listening to the voices of ordinary Malaccans. We listened to the city’s streets, as we searched out hidden corners and abandoned alleyways. Listened to houses and temples, ruins and cemeteries… And we heard them speak.” Excerpt from the book In the early 1400s, a small port on the west side of Malaysia was waking up to what would be a long, colourful, and at times violent history. Over the course of its…

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4 January 2013: “Recollections” – Posted in: Newsletters

“This attempt to record a part of Penang’s unique history through the lives of a local family sheds details on the people who contributed to its growth and development during the 20th century… through the lives of the extended [Baba Nyonya] clan members are rare insights into their genteel world.” From the Preface of Recollections The elegant culture of the Baba Nyonyas, that heritage so fundamentally stitched into the fabric of George Town’s past and present,…

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27 December 2012: “The Way Home” – Posted in: Newsletters

“All those who had been excluded, who had been silenced, and who were invisible actually did not go away. They are the unhealed wounds that cause us dull pain. This book reveals their existence.”  Leung Man Tao, Hong Kong Social Commentator The Sungai Buloh Settlement in Selangor, Malaysia, once the second largest leper colony in the world, was created to separate those infected with leprosy from the rest of society. In the process of separation, those…

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22 December 2012: “Kaleidoscope: The Memoirs of P. G. Lim” – Posted in: Newsletters

“PG Lim is a great Malaysian: bold, brilliant, principled and utterly human. Her story is an integral part of our national narrative. Read it.” The Star Newspaper Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Phaik Gan, better known as P.G. Lim, is a beloved, legendary figure in Malayan history. Rising to fame in 1953 due to her phenomenal lawyering skills in saving a woman from a death sentence, Lim’s life has been defined by her passion for her…

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13 December 2012: “Ipoh, My Home Town” – Posted in: Newsletters

“This book provides a rich tapestry of childhood in Ipoh as it used to be and makes fascinating reading no matter how old or young you are.” -Excerpt from the Foreword, Dato Mohd Nor bin Khalid For most people, the word ‘hometown’ speaks immediately to a well-preserved portrait in time of the place where one grew up. When the word is mentioned, vivid sensory memories flood the mind: one remembers particular tastes, sights, sounds, and even…

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6 December 2012: “Penang Trams, Trolleybuses and Railways – Posted in: Newsletters

“The impressive and comprehensive documentation of that glorious period of public transport in Penang will hopefully serve to restore our legacy and lead to a regeneration of public transport.” – Anwar Fazal Today, Penang’s streets are congested at all hours of the day with motorbikes, cars and the occasional bicyclist. In the busiest of jams, it seems as though every person in the state is on the road, in their own individual vehicle. Indeed, one look…

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29 November 2012: “Malaysia Bagus!” – Posted in: Newsletters

“There’s nothing like exploring a country with a knowledgeable friend by your side, and that s exactly what Sharon does with this book.” Jaime Ee, Lifestyle Editor, The Business Times (Singapore) Since its conception as a country, Malaysia has prided itself on its diversity. Where else in the world can visitors and locals feast upon authentic cuisines as different as Hokkien chinese and South Indian, or witness the celebration of holidays as distinct as Chinese…

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