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, 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!