Penang Story Lectures 2010-present

Penang Story Lectures 2010-presentstory

Working with Think City, Penang Heritage Trust organised the following lectures, as part of the Penang Story Lectures, from 2010 to 2012 to revisit the various historical position of Penang in the regional and global context:


1.      ‘Inaugural Penang Story Lecture: Sino-Western Penang Responses’lectures10

by Prof Wang Gung-wu, Chairman of the East Asian Institute, University Professor, National University of Singapore,  20 November 2010, Bayview George Town Hotel




2.       ‘New Discoveries in the Bujang Valley’lectures9

by Assoc Prof Dr Mokhtar Saidin, Centre for Global Archaeological Research, University Science of Malaysia, 18 December 2010, Wawasan Open University



3.      Penang and the Indian Ocean: Tagore Lecture, ‘Rabindranath Tagore and the Cosmopolitan Vision’lectures8

by Dr Saranindranth Tagore, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Philosophy Department, National University of Singapore, 14 May 2011, Wawasan Open University




4.      ‘Globalisation and Penang’lectures7

by Dr Jomo Kwame Sundram, Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nationsâ’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), 28July 2011, Wawasan Open University.



5.      Penang and the Indian Ocean Conference: ‘Penang and Bombay: Indian Ocean Port Cities in the Nineteenth Century’ lectures6

by Sir Christopher Bayly,Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, Univeristy of Cambridge, 16 September 2011, Traders Hotel




 6.      Penang and the Indian Ocean Conference: ‘Trade between India and South-east Asia in the Early Modern Period’lectures5

by Prof Om Prakash, Editorial Fellow, Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture, Centre for Studies in Civilizations, 17 September 2011, Traders Hotel



7.      ‘Thinking & Feeling Gender in the History of Malaysia’ lectures4

by Dr MaznahMohamad, Associate Professor, Department of Malay Studies and Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, 20 April 2012, E&O Hotel



8.      ‘Plague Fighter Dr Wu Lien-Teh, A Penang Hero who modernized medicine in China’lectures3

by Ms Ong Lay Hong, Managing Director, Singapore Media Academy, A MediaCorp Enterprise, 19 May 2012, Wawasan Open University




 9.      Penang and the Indian Ocean: Tagore Lecture, ‘Building Bridges across the Bay of Bengal: Tagore and His Contemporaries”lectures2

by Prof Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University, 28 August 2012, Wawasan Open University




10.  ‘Life in Malaya under Japanese Occupation, 1941-45’

by Dr Paul Kratoska, Publishing Director, National University of Singapore Press, 

9 November 2012, Wawasan Open University


11.  Penang and the Indian Ocean: ‘Penang and Asia’s Migrant History’lectures1

by Dr Sunil Amrith, Reader in Modern Asian History, Birkbeck College, University of London, 16 December 2012, Northam Hotel All Suites




12.      Khaw Sim Bee Na Ranong and Shared History of Malaysia-Thailand Relations: From the Past to Future CooperationFull details here.

11-12 May 2013, E&O Hotel

  • Mr. Isorn Pocmontri, “A Shared History of Thailand-Malaysia Relations: a Thai Perception”
  • Ms. Khoo Salma Nasution, “Penang’s Link to a Siamese Past”
  • Mr. Khaw Teik Gim, “A Tale of the Khaw or na Ranong Family in Two States over Three Generation’s”
  • Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Sofiah Jewa, “Calm after the Storm: 150 years of peace between Thailand and Malaysia”
  • Mr. Sanchai Tandavanitj, “Vision and Skill of Khaw Sim Bee, Phraya Rassada Nupradit”
  • Datin Patricia Lim Pui Huen, “Through the Eyes of the King: The Travels of King Chulalongkorn in Malaysia”
  • Ms. Lim Kwee Phaik, “Highlights on Khaw Sim Bee and Life at Chakrabongse House”
  • Prof. Tengku Sepora Tengku Mahadi, “Ku Din Ku Meh’s Adminstration of Satun: with Lessons form Penang and Siam”
  • Dr. Wong Yee Tuan, “The Khaw Family Network and the Rise of the Khaw Group”
  • Mr. Colin Robert mackay, “British Penang’s Enforcement of Economic Liberalism in South Western Siam. 1786-1913.”
  • Opening launch of the Thai Heritage Trail at Ranong Ground, Esplanade by H.E. Mr. Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Thailand, Mr. Krit Kraichitti, Ambassador of Thailand to Malaysia, and Mrs. Srirat Vathesatogkit, Consul-General of Thailand
  • Thailand-Malaysia Business Dialogue & Networking Forum



13. Penang Story Lecture: Armenians in Penangarmenian

by Dr Nadia Wright, Talk and Afternoon Tea held at the E & O Hotel, Saturday, 20 July, 3.00pm




14. Penang Story Lecture: Raffles – Myths and Realityraffles1

by Dr Nadia Wright, Talk and Afternoon Tea held on 21 July 2013 (Sunday) at China Tiger, 25 & 29 China Street, George Town



15. Penang Story Lecture: Penang and the Hajjhajj_flier

The Material World of the Hajj in Colonial-Era Southeast Asia by Eric Tagliacozzo plus Conference held on 17 & 18 August 2013 (Saturday and Sunday) at the E & O Hotel


16. Penang Story Lectures & Panel Discussion: Islamic Philanthropy and the Foundations of Ethical EnterpriseIslamic philanthropy wide

Islamic Philanthropy and the Foundations of Ethical Enterprise by Raj Brown plus Panel Discussion held on22 September 2013 (Sunday) at the E & O Hotel


17. Penang Story Lecture: Pan Asianism and Rabindranath Tagore’s Ideal of a common Asian civilisationpanasian wide

Pan Asianism and Rabindranath Tagore’s Ideal of a common Asian civilisation by Dr. Ruby Maloni held on 21 September 2013 (Saturday) at Wawasan Open University


18. Penang Story Lecture: Remembering Malayans on the Death Railway and the INA

This history colloquium is held on 19 October, 2013, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the completion of the Burma-Thailand Railway and the formation of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind (Free India) by NetajiSubhas Chandra Bose in 21 October 1943.


19. Penang Story Lecture: Dr Albert Stanley McKern (1885-1945)– a Penang Doctor in Myth and Reality

An announcement in 2008 that Sydney, Yale and Edinburgh Universities had received a multi-million dollar bequest from the estate of Dr A.S. McKern drew public attention to this Australian physician who spent the inter-war years in practice in Penang.


20. Penang Story Lecture: Commemorating 130 Years of the Penang Botanical Gardens

Talk on Saturday, 11 October 2014. Penang Botanic Garden is 130 years old, making it the oldest public botanic garden in Malaysia.