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An evening of fun discoveries organized by Art-Ed or Anak Anak Kota (the children of the city), in Penang : Heritage Treasure Hunt, Traditional Food Cooking Experience (yummy), battlefield game for teenagers, traditional games… I wish I could be in Georgetown. Details and registration via their new  anak-anak-kota blog.

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Our History, Their History, Whose History: Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim in conversation with Eddin Khoo.

31 October 2009 at 17:30 at Cafe House of Art & Ideas, Petaling Jaya (details below)

In this conversation, Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim reflects candidly on the evolution of Malaysian history, his pioneering efforts at transforming perceptions and approaches to historical study and awareness and his personal involvement in the many events that shaped contemporary Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

GT-Armenian stWhen asked 15 years ago about conservation efforts of historic Georgetown ,  Salma Khoo, director of Areca Books – a heritage and historical books publisher based in Penang – would answer, “What really matters to Penangites is food; they simply take their heritage for granted”.

In July 2008, international recognition was given to Penang when George Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; completely transforming local perception. Melaka (Malacca) and George Town (GT) are jointly inscribed on the list as “The Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca [where] the influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. The two towns constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. Both towns bear testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted”.

This recognition is an essential milestone for the handful of Penangites who have strived for years for the preservation of the tangible and intangible heritage of GT. Read the rest of this entry »

One of Malaysia’s most incisive historians, Dr Farish Noor continues his OtherMalaysia Public Lecture Series with another thought-provoking installment. The blight of postcolonial national histories is the tendency to accept nation-state boundaries as a given and to write national histories that remain confined within fixed political-territorial limits. So there remains the tendency to see India (and South Asia) as something distinct and alien to Malaysia. A closer look at the history of South and Southeast Asia, however, reveals a longer period of trans-oceanic contact and exchange where Indians, Malays, Sumatrans and Javanese were part of a greater trans-oceanic civilisation where both South and Southeast Asia were connected via the routes of the Indian Ocean. This is a call for an appreciation of our collective past, and to re-think our concepts of national identity today. 

Sat 14 Feb, 4.30pm  at The Annexe Gallery 
Admission Free

A one hour journey inside Malaysia’s multi-ethnic culture and history

Who are they and what they do

mvm-mnegaraIn October 2006, a small group of women gathered at the National Museum of Kuala Lumpur (Muzium Negara) with the idea of starting a volunteer organization that would guide visitors through the various galleries, plus perform in-depth research on various artifacts found on display and in storage. With the support of the National Museum Kuala Lumpur, they created the Museum Volunteers Malaysia Kuala Lumpur (MVM). Read the rest of this entry »

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