Participating Faculty: Jessica Hanser and EeCheng Ong (NUS)
Project Duration: Tuesday, 26 September to Saturday, 7 October
This course immerses students in the history of Penang. Together we will explore various layers of Penang’s history by examining the lives and livelihoods of a diverse group of the island’s inhabitants over the past three centuries. We also hone in on a few Chinese immigrants who made great fortunes due to economic globalisation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students will have an opportunity to experience Penang’s history and cultural hybridity. Students will learn about empire, economics, and identity on a small island that has been home to many different linguistic, religious, and political communities, namely Malays, Chinese, Baba Nyonya, Indians, Jawi Peranakan, Acehnese, Armenians, Sephardi Jews, Germans, and British.