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Looking Backwards

Recent coverage in Kakiseni about the phenomenon of censorship in private sector Malaysian arts may…

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The Year The Arts Showed The Way (Part II)

In last week’s part of what the arts meant to 2007, I looked at what…

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Playing Catch Up

Malaysia has a long history of conflicts over arts and culture, pitting artists against the…

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Sit Down and Talk

Held once every five years in Kassel, Germany, documenta – the Hundred Day Museum is…

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The Politics of Muslim Clothing in Indonesia

Jilbab versus Schools This article is about the dynamics of jilbab conflicting with the social,…

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Philippine Art Across the Islands: Visayas

The cursory view of the raw data would seem a bit depressing. Outside of Cebu…

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Shadow Runners

Over a year ago, my classmates and I watched a Wayang Kulit performance as part…

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Tembak: Wed 28, Feb – Wed 7, Mar 2007

Kg Berembang Mon 5, Mar 2007 Kg Berembang was a place I knew about only…

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Stop the Sledgehammers

A nation is as rich as its geography; and geography is enriched when it is…

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Pasar Ramadan

Walking into a Ramadan evening bazaar with a rumbling tummy is almost masochistic. Here you…

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Free To Speak

Let’s start with a number of disclaimers: first, I’m writing as an individual and not…

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Pak Saari Abdullah, 1952 – 2006

I first met Saari when, in early February 1975, I started research work for a…

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Sejarah Masa Depan

Majlis pelancaran buku From Majapahit to Putrajaya — yang mana saya terlewat dan bila sampai…

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Street Smart Heritage

The entrance to Khoo Kongsi, perhaps one of Penang’s most iconic locations, is a porte…

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The Freedom to Worry

I have been worried that my teeth are falling out. It has been six months…

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Who’s Afraid of Harmony Street?

There is a street in Georgetown, Penang that has been affectionately dubbed “The Street of…

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Dream Merchants

Inter-ethnic understanding is a high priority for many groups, and National Service doesn’t really seem…

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The National DNA

One morning in July, giddy with expectations of travelling with a busload of tourists all…

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Talk Is Action

There will be some among you who believe that talking about problems, about crises and…

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Undang-undang Pelukan

Saya menimbulkan perkara nilai dan moral ini kerana pada minggu ini saya terus membaca berita…

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The Umur of Innocence

Masa sekolah rendah dulu aku ramai member Cina, sebab parents aku for whatever reason lebih…

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Where Muftis Fear to Tread

Gubra raises a whole pile of socio-religio issues — some may even consider it somewhat…

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The Pied Piper of Penang

The first question Janet Pillai asks me when she sees me is: “Have you finished…