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16 July 2016: The Peasant Robbers of Kedah September 5, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

Stories of bandits and their legends have an endless fascination for many people all over the world. Bandits are seen as romantic figures, or as free spirits leading adventurous lives. They are the subjects of songs, poetry, paintings and films. – Cheah Boon Kheng Our book-of-the week, Cheah Boon Kheng’s The Peasant Robbers of Kedah 1900-1929: Historical & Folk Perceptions is a fascinating account of banditry and the society where it flourished. It all began…

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09 July 2016: The Memoirs and Memorials of Jacques de Coutre July 11, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

Scholars and teachers will welcome this translation of the travels of Jacques de Coutre in Southeast Asia in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Informative and entertaining…richly illustrated and extensively annotated, it will be a valuable resource not merely for specialists, but for all those anxious to bring the past to life in the classroom. – Barbara Andaya, University of Hawaii Jacques de Coutre was a Flemish gem trader who spent nearly a decade…

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02 July 2016: Limbang Rebellion – Posted in: Newsletters

Limbang Rebellion is a great story, beautifully told. The events drew remarkable qualities of bravery, devotion to duty, friendship and loyalty and saw acts of both individual and collective courage and heroism. The book highlights true heroes such as police personnel and ordinary people who did extraordinary things to protect and save others in grave danger. Limbang Rebellion: 7 Days in December 1962 is the stuff of high drama. Charged with intrigue, heroism, courage, suspense,…

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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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28 May 2016: Pearly’s Nyonya Pantry June 6, 2016 – 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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07 May 2016: Slowly Seeking Seberang Perai May 16, 2016 – 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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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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10 April 2016: Penang Hill Funicular Railway – Remembering an engineering feat 1923-2010 April 18, 2016 – Posted in: Newsletters

The tales of the hills of Penang are many. This book by Ric Francis tells the remarkable story of the earliest hill station of its kind in British colonial history, and explains how Penang became home to one of the great engineering feats. It’s a story that the reader will find continuously fascinating. – Dato’ Anwar Fazal It has undergone several makeovers over the years, suffered several disruptions and even went into temporary hiatus, but…

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