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The challenge of designing culturally

At the crossroads of globalisation and urbanisation, how can we continue to evoke identity through allusions in modern design and construction? In his seminal book “Leaves of the Same Tree: Trade and Ethnicity in the…

Punca identiti Melayu sukar diterapkan dalam seni bina

RAIS (tiga dari kanan) merasmikan buku ‘Resilience of Tradition’ di UM. – Foto Owee Ah Chun Identiti Melayu sukar untuk diterapkan dalam seni bina Malaysia berikutan kurangnya generasi muda Melayu yang tahu mengenai seni dan…

Finding Arina

I was honoured to launch her first book, Paracosm, on Saturday, 6 May 2017, at the University of Malaya. I have nothing but praises for the 17-year-old Puteri Fateh Arina Merican Megat Suffian Merican,…

Ipohworld’s World review of “Perak Postcards 1890-1940”

Once the premier state of the Federated Malay States, Perak pioneered tin mining, rubber, roads and railways in Malaya. In the early twentieth century, Europeans and Asians venturing into this frontier country bought picture…

Perak Postcards, 1890s-1940s

Regular readers of the Echo will know that I often voice my concern over the lack of interest in Perak’s heritage, tangible or intangible. We seem to be losing our trees, limestone hills, culture,…

Through the wheels of time

THE nostalgia hits many locals on busy Penang Road. G.T.M.T. stood for George Town Municipal Transport. This doubledecker trolleybus was photographed on Duke Street next to Dewan Sri Pinang. From the Chulia Street-Penang Road junction towards…

Postcard Journeys

Every once in a while, a book comes along that surpasses expectations. Although there have been other publications about postcards in Malaysia, Penang Postcard Collection 1899-1930 is by far the most ambitious study of…

French book on Penang launched in Paris

A book on Penang entitled Penang: la Porte des Secrets (Penang – Through Gilded Doors) as well as an exhibition of photographs on the Malaysian island were launched today, 18 October 2006 in Paris. The book,…

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