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Literary Festivals – More Momentous than You May Imagine

Editorial for Penang Monthly November 2015 Now when Penang is holding its George Town Literary Festival again—and I have no doubt that it will be an even greater success than before—let me ponder over what I think is one of the most important things that have failed to develop properly in post-colonial Malaysia, namely our … Continue reading

Speaking of Pulau Tikus…

Editorial for Penang Monthly, September 2015 Pulau Tikus. The name always sounded exotic to the ears of a boy growing up in the general area of Ayer Itam (yes, not Air Itam), Reservoir Gardens and Rifle Range. At a time when I still measured distance by bicycle speed, the place was far enough away to … Continue reading

Impressions of Istanbul, or How History Never Ends

By Ooi Kee Beng For The Edge, Kuala Lumpur, 24 September 2012 Its very name is magic…Istanbul. All its old names are magic… Byzantium … Constantinople. They conjure images of ancient civilizations, always fighting each other, and sometimes enriching each other. But in the end, they had to merge to leave a skyline that fascinates … Continue reading