Book Launch: Eclectic Cultures for All | 8 January 2020

Eclectic Cultures for All: The Development of the Peranakan Performing, Visual and Materials Arts in Penang

Tan Sooi Beng, Grace Choong Ai May and Sarena Abdullah

Wednesday 8 January 2020 | 8.00–10.00pm

Eclectic Cultures for All is an impressive and innovative study of the unique Peranakan culture of Penang, set in its wider context. Meet the authors and get a signed copy of the book.

The book

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. Beautifully designed and containing nearly 150 photographs, Eclectic Cultures for All will appeal to all those interested in history, culture and modernity in Malaysia and beyond.

The authors

Tan Sooi Beng is a professor of ethnomusicology at Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is the author of Bangsawan: A Social and Stylistic History of Popular Malay Opera and co-author of Music of Malaysia.

Grace Choong Ai May is an artist and art educator, and a researcher into the costumes and accessories of the Baba and Nyonya of Penang.

Sarena Abdullah is a senior lecturer and research fellow at Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is the author of Malaysian Art since the 1990s.

Free admission

Refreshments will be served

T:  04 261 9001 (Hikayat) and 04 261 8001 (Gerakbudaya Bookshop @ Hikayat)


A: Hikayat, 226 Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 Penang

Charis Loke
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