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When the Artistic Impulse Becomes a Key Economic Asset

By OOI KEE BENG, Editorial for Penang Monthly, February 2020 February, 2020 “CREATIVE INDUSTRIES” is an infuriating term. Why it is so difficult to get a firm handle on it is that it epitomises the postmodern nature of our times, challenging not only a range of notions associated with “modernity”, but also connoting socio-economic and … Continue reading

PODCAST: Political History and Malaysia

PODCAST on Wide Open Air Exchange: Political history and Malaysia, Dr Ooi Kee Beng – WOAE057 Dr Ooi explains some of the political history of Malaysia in relation to global history and international order and by critically analysing concepts of colonialism, nationalism and regionalism.

The Hokkien Vernacular

By Ooi Kee Beng, editorial in Penang Monthly, May 2017. IN LIEU OF a normal editorial, and in keeping with this month’s cover story being about Penang Hokkien, I am providing here in somewhat truncated form, the Introductory from “The Hokkien Vernacular” (edited by George Thompson Hare and published in Kuala Lumpur in 1904). I … Continue reading

When brick bridges were first built to Ayer Itam…

By OOI KEE BENG Editorial December 2016, Penang Monthly It seems very little is written about the history of a key location like Ayer Itam (I take the liberty of using the old spelling here). And since Penang Monthly is running some articles about the village in this issue, I decided to seek out some … Continue reading

Creating a City of Culture Costs—But We Should Happily Pay

By Ooi Kee Beng, Editorial for Penang Monthly, August 2016 Artists – be these painters or sculptors, musicians or even authors in many cases – need sponsors. They need patrons. In our commercial age, there is of course the market, through which some artists can succeed. Those are few though, and the so-called market often … Continue reading

Penang Monthly goes free in June

Editorial of Penang Monthly, May 2015 By OOI KEE BENG Spread the good news! Penang Monthly will be a free magazine from June 2015 onwards. Next month, you will be able to pick up a copy at selected locations throughout Penang. Gerakbudaya Penang (78, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, opening hours 11am-8pm) and Chocolate Passion Cafe … Continue reading

Penang is Blessed – If You Want It

By OOI KEE BENG, Editorial for Penang Monthly, January 2015 No one can doubt that Penang is going through a very dynamic period today. It is evident in how the cityscape and the street life are changing, and in how vibrant the economy and the art scene have become. Much has been happening, and even … Continue reading

The Importance of Being Inspirable

By OOI KEE BENG, Editorial for Penang Monthly, February 2014. It’s always a bit disconcerting when a notion forms in your mind and you cannot find a good word for it. Memory going bad? Mental energy running out? Bad vocabulary? In many cases, it is one of the above – or more. Also, when you … Continue reading

Manufacturing a Social Harmony that Lasts

By OOI KEE BENG, Editorial for PENANG MONTHLY, January 2014 We have just entered a new year—again—so allow me to kick off this magazine’s fifth year in its present form with some observations about the central importance of narratives—of stories, if you like—to every individual human being. We all have a large schemata in our … Continue reading

India in Our Minds

By OOI KEE BENG, Editorial for Penang Monthly, December 2013 Today when we talk about the rise of China and India, we lazily think of them as similar items — as ancient and rich civilizations coming into their own in modern times. We should also remind ourselves though of how deeply they captured the imagination … Continue reading