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Like Downton, but in Penang

Indian-Summers

Indian Summers, the latest colonial drama to hit British TV via Channel 4, is set in Simla, but filmed in Penang. Malaysia’s west coast island won out, after an extensive location search that covered Simla, Sri Lanka and Singapore. Executive … read more

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Big Yellow Duck Woos Chinese Votes

Duck in Chinatown. Pic courtesy of British Chinese Project

Acrobats, lion-dancers and dragons parading in the rain to the ear-splitting clash of cymbals and drums: that’s what Chinese New Year celebrations in London’s Chinatown are usually about. Last Sunday however, a 30-foot yellow duck bobbed amongst the crowd, next … read more

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Bakkwa with a Twist in Vancouver

For the last 30 years, Philip and Soo Wong have been supplying “Bakkwa” in Vancouver to homesick Southeast Asians hankering after New Year treats. The squares of grilled meat from their company, Soo Jerky, may look familiar to Malaysians but … read more

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Rallying in Paris

Photo courtesy of Grace Defosse

Last Sunday, over 1.5 million people converged in Paris to march for unity, after terrorist attacks in the capital killed 17 people. Grace Defosse, 55, a Malaysian from Kuala Kangsar was in the crowd. She talks to Ai-Leen Lim about … read more

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An Honorary Malaysian

Pupils receive tutoring after school

Martin Jacques, 69, should be made an honorary Malaysian. Not that he needs another accolade: an accomplished British academic, journalist and speaker, he is also the author of global best-seller When China Rules the World. No, Martin’s links to Malaysia … read more

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