Sunday, October 24, 2021

PROF. Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Murad Merican

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PEMENANG: The Early Years of the Penang Malay Association

THE founding of the Penang Malay Association (PMA) on the Sunday of 27 March, 1927 was to give support to the Singapura Malays and...

Pekerjaan Kalam: Communicating literatures across the Archipelago

THE nation’s leading periodical on Literature is being distributed gratis beginning some years ago. Dewan Sastera is not sold in the market. It is...

The Maoris: Resisting the Pakeha, Discovering Maoriness in the Whenua

IN March 2014, I presented a paper titled “Early European/Pakeha Discourses on Melayu-Polynesian Identity”. It was at Waitangi, at the Bay of Islands, some...

Spanish Journalism and Media in the Malay Archipelago: The Press in early Philippines

THE narrative of colonial presence in the Malay Archipelago has largely forgotten the Spaniards. We remember Dutch and British newspapers, publishing and printing activities...

The Kadazandusun and Fuad Stephens: Journalism and the creation of an Identity

ON 30 June 1960, the North Borneo News and The Sabah Times (NBNST)  published an article titled "Dusun or Kadazan". It was penned by...

Maps, Renderings, Images: The Malay World before Photography

EQYPTIAN / Greek astronomer, mathematician and geographer, Claudius Ptolemy calls the Malay Peninsula the Chersonesus Aurea (‘The Golden Peninsula’). The Indians refer to it...

Al-Imam and Japan: Syed Shaykh al-Hady’s Cry to the Malays

IT was Japan, with her symbol of the Rising Sun, that gave impetus to the publication of reformist periodical Al-Imam (1906-1908) in the Malay...

The Siamese Farang: Quest for Siwilai and Identity

THE Thais, like some ethnicities in the world, experience problems of self and identity. One  is how the foreign Other defines Thai and Thainess....

Penang Free School White Shirts: The National Consciousness of Datuk Dr. Abdul Wahab Ariff

THE Pulau Pinang or Tanjong Malays are usually not remembered for their nationalism.  Some weeks ago, a state government agency contacted me asking for...

A Sense of Minangness: Pop Minang and the Rantau

THE merging of the rantau with new technologies  have forged the sense of  Minangness to her perantaus. Oslan Husein and Elly Kassim, Minangkabau singers...

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