Readers in Singapore may be interested in this talk by Leonard Andaya.
The Orang Laut in the Realm of the Straits (Negara Selat)
Venue: National Library, Singapore
Level 5 – Possibility Room
Date: Sat, 28 Sep, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
With their intimate knowledge of the seas, proficiency in navigating the waters and expertise in the collection of sea products, the Orang Laut (Sea People) have been indispensable to the success of any Malay kingdom. Yet why has their role been largely forgotten?
Dr Leonard Andaya will examine the historical evidence in an effort to restore the Orang Laut to their rightful place as major players in the history of the Straits from early times to the 19th century.
About the Speaker
Dr Leonard Y. Andaya is a professor of Southeast Asian history at the University of Hawai’i in Manoa, Honolulu. He held a research fellowship at the Australian National University and has taught at the University of Malaya, Auckland University and the National University of Singapore (NUS). His current research focuses on the complex network of relationships in eastern Indonesia that helped to bind disparate cultural communities into a functioning unity in the early modern period.