Title: Eclectic Cultures For All: The Development of the Peranakan Performing, Visual and Material Arts in Penang + CD
Editor: Tan Sooi Beng
Price: RM60.00 ISBN: 978-967-461-406-5
The Peranakan culture of Penang, Malaysia, has a rich and fascinating history. Rooted in a place-based identity, it has drawn on Chinese, Malay and European traditions to create a unique community, constantly evolving and adapting to new influences in dynamic ways. This edited collection is the first in-depth study of the changes in Peranakan performing arts, visual arts and costumes from the late nineteenth century to the present, with a particular focus on women’s voices. Making creative use of previously untapped sources – including press reports, cartoons, newspaper advertisements, photographs from private collections, paintings from artists and museums, music books and early recordings, and extensive interviews – Eclectic Cultures for All paints a vivid picture of under-researched facets of Peranakan life. With chapters written by experts on festivals, performances, cartoons, visual art and fashion, the book highlights not just culture as heritage but new and resourceful ways of projecting markers of identity. Beautifully designed and containing nearly 150 photographs, this volume will appeal to all those interested in history, culture and modernity in Malaysia and beyond.