The Early History of the Burmese Community in Penang

We have no records of the earliest Burmese arrivals to Penang. However, we know that after 1800, there was a large Burmese settlement in the area between Bagan Jeramal and Pulau Tikus. The Burmese also settled in Batu Maung. The earliest settlers were fishermen who came by fishing boats...

The South Asian Cultural Impact Upon Penang

Cultural Background: Attempt at a Definition of “Indian” Culture For all intents and purposes the terms “India” and “Indian” have always remained vague and undefined. Since the days of the early settlements along the Indus Valley, various transient dynasties, kingdoms and empires have exited in various parts of the...

Prostitution in Colonial Malaya with Special Reference to Penang

Introduction This paper is a preliminary version of a larger paper that will probably be presented at the international conference in Penang in April next year. It is the intention here only to stress certain salient aspects of prostitution in colonial Malaya and especially Penang which was a colonial...

A Brief History of Indian Christians in Penang

Early Christians The influence of Christianity in West Malaysia began at the time of the arrival of the Portuguese in Malacca in 1511. As the Portuguese were mainly Roman Catholics many Roman Catholic missionaries were brought into Malacca. In 1641, however, the Dutch captured Malacca from the hands of...

Hubungan Pulau Pinang Dengan Selatan Thailand: Abad 19/20

Pendahuluan Hubungan di antara Pulau Pinang dan Selatan Thailand terjalin berasaskan kepada hubungan perdagangan. Pelabuhan-penubuhan di bahagian pantai barat Siam seperti Trang, Phuket dan Palean telah menjalinkan hubungan perdagangan dengan Pulau Pinang sejak penubuhan Pulau Pinang lagi *(1) . Pada hari ini terdapat sejumlah 14 wilayah (changwat) yang merangkumi...

Malaysian Pioneer Artists of Penang

Dr. Tan Chong Guan   back “Penang Chinese Art Club” was formed in 1935, probably the earliest artist association in Malaysia. It included all the well-known pioneer artists such as Yong Mun Sen, Tay Hooi Kat, Lee Chong Yong, Khaw Sia, Chuah Theam Teng and Kuo Jo Peng. The...

The North Indians – Rediscovering Roots in Penang

The North Indians, despite being a relatively small community, are a colourful, interesting and important part of the vibrant multi-racial population of Penang. This paper will deal with the history of the North Indians, how they made Penang their home and how they eventually became part of the fabric...