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Through the wheels of time January 29, 2021 – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

Arnold Loh, The Star THE nostalgia hits many locals on busy Penang Road. From the Chulia Street-Penang Road junction towards Komtar, commuters will come across parallel steel tramlines, built sometime between 1880 and 1906. Road builders dug them up by accident in 2004 while replacing underground utility cables. To make them invulnerable to the grinding wheel of time, the road running along the tramlines is encased not in normal asphalt but solid concrete. This preserved…

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Book Review: TIN MAN September 4, 2020 – 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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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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Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur December 2, 2019 – Posted in: Reviews

Keywords: Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur. Areca Books, Penang, 2018, xxxii + 615 pp. ISBN: 9789675719332, price: RM 144.00 (hardcover). Reviewed in Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, Volume 175 (2019): Issue 4 (Nov 2019) Keng We Koh This book is a long-awaited sequel to an earlier study by the same author, Raja Bilah and the Mandailings of Perak. In this monograph, the author shifts…

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Lessons From My School: A memoir of Malaysia’s missions schools November 14, 2019 – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

Noel Wong @ FMT Lifestyle -November 13, 2019 7:00 AM Since their establishment during colonial times, mission schools in Malaysia have long garnered a reputation as institutions of learning with high standards that consistently churn out quality students. Just mention that you are a student of Catholic High School or Methodist Girls School or Convent Bukit Nanas or La Salle School and immediately, people’s expectations of you change. Hundreds of thousands of Malaysian students have passed…

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Significance of the Malay house September 3, 2019 – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

A. MURAD MERICAN August 11, 2014 SOME weeks back, I was interviewed for an article on the phenomenon ofbalik kampung, whichritualistically happens towards the end of Ramadan to celebrate the first day of the month of Syawal — what we call Hari Raya Aidilfitri or just Hari Raya. One of the things I said was that the event represents returning to our primordial being, back to our origins, a perfect bliss embodied in the ramifications…

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Rumah Melayu – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

Kembara Seorang Penyair Rumah MelayuOleh Muhammad Haji Salleh Rumah ialah tempat tinggal bangsa dan tamadunnya, tempat lahir dan membesar, tempat berlindung dari alam dan menikmati makna alam. Akhirnya rumah menjalin peradaban manusia dengan alam itu sendiri. Dua bahagian ini bertemu di tangga, di halaman, dan juga di tebar layar dan silam bayung yang melangit. Yang cukup menarik ialah hakikat bahawa rumah Melayu menarik perhatian cukup banyak arkitek dan pengkaji. Sejak tahun 1930-an oleh Hilton, melalui…

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