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Arkib Stories #1

Aug 31, 2017Comments off61 Views

Al-kesah. The story of boom town 1990s KL would not be complete without the colourful personalities that populated a thriving queer scene. Former nightlife paparazzi Yee I-lann (today a successful photomedia artist) roamed the streets of KL,

Arkib Stories #2

Aug 31, 2017Comments off60 Views

The underlying principle of swaraj (self-rule) that crystallised in India’s independence from the British in 1947 was that of swadeshi, a movement to boycott British goods and support local goods. Along this came the desire for economic

Arkib Stories #3

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The space age gripped the imagination of everyone in Malaya, including the Tamil community. This leaflet from Singapore’s National Library exhibition on theatre history last year promoted Vinvelli Veeran (The Man from Outer Space), a tamil sci-fi

Arkib Stories #4

Aug 31, 2017Comments off67 Views

Hungry ghost month is upon us. In many parts of town, especially areas with a predominantly Chinese population, one finds burnt offerings by the side of the road or a makeshift stage set up where the effigy

Arkib Stories #5

Aug 31, 2017Comments off49 Views

Photographs are strange things. They speak to you on two registers, as Roland Barthes is wont to say in Camera Lucida (1980). Firstly, the studium. This is when the image communicates knowledge or information. The viewer demonstrates

Arkib Stories #6

Aug 31, 2017Comments off41 Views

There is a bit of a frontier edge to Tuaran, Sabah. Snooker parlours continue to be a meeting point for many men in the small town. These are in essence, a bustling working class homosocial space, where

Arkib Stories #7

Aug 31, 2017Comments off46 Views

Sometimes the provenance of museum collections may yield interesting stories if we’re a bit more imaginative in our historical thinking rather than be boxed in by heritage studies or national history. Take this 19th-century keris from Sumatra

Arkib Stories #8

Aug 31, 2017Comments off52 Views

Kelantanese culture was in many ways a closer reflection of Pattani customary forms and owed a great deal of its cultural expressions to century-long interactions with the Siamese Hindu-Buddhist mandala polity than say the rest of the

Arkib Stories #9

Aug 31, 2017Comments off86 Views

These are Marshall Islands stick charts and they were made using the midrib of coconut fronds. The Marshall Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean within a region of islands known as Micronesia. Historically, the Malayo-Polynesian seafaring

An Open Letter to Professor Emeritus Tan Sr...

Jun 19, 2015Comments off2907 Views

By Rachel Leow. First published in The Malaysian Insider, 15 April 2015. Dear Professor Khoo, You may not remember me and anyway, if you saw me today you probably wouldn’t recognise me. I was just a young student back then,