Wednesday Rojak #65 – The Malaysian edition

We’ve got a lot a stories from Malaysia in this week’s edition of Rojak – from the World Heritage Sites of Malacca and Georgetown, to the fates of some of the orang asli (aborigines) and the aftermath of the culture theft incident.

photo credit: a.r.hilmi

  • Take a walk through the joint World Heritage Site of Malacca and Georgetown through the eyes of some recent visitors.
  • Amidst the recent furore of Malaysia appropriating a Balinese dance for its tourism advertisement, the Indonesian government has admitted that it cannot protect the nation’s culture on its own.
  • Check out this short film Sacred Angkor by Chris Rainier and Ethan Boehme. I’m a little puzzled about the choice of music though.
  • Some of the few remaining jungle dwellers left in Borneo, the Penan are slowly losing their way of life to illegal logging.
  • While on the Malaysian Peninsula, the Mah Meri’s medicinal wood-carved totems are still being produced, albeit for the tourist market.
  • The Asia Sentinel comments on Indonesia’s Tourism Malfunction, that a country that boasts a multitude of tourism draws (such as Candi Borobudur), routinely draws significantly less visitors than its neighbours.
  • The small Portuguese community of Malacca, descendants of the first Europeans to colonise the region, celebrate their 500th year of settlement in conjunction with Malaysia’s Independence Day.

In this series of occasional rojaks (published on Wednesdays) I feature other sites in the blogosphere that are related to archaeology in Southeast Asia. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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