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ACM = ASIAN CULTURE & MUSIC: a festival of traditional performing arts by the Singapore River

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This past weekend, without much fanfare, the first programming series I initiated as Director of Asian Civilisations Museum kicked in. This is the Asian Culture & Music, or ACM Series – kudos to my Audience Team for the clever name! … Continue reading

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Tales of Asia V – Rangoon (Yangon), Penang & Singapore

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Here are the highlights of the final Tales of Asia talk, featuring port cities of the British Empire in Southeast Asia: Rangoon, Penang & Singapore. Full talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMnUg2xJv7U

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A Stroll through Old Rangoon

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Downtown Yangon is like an open-air museum; an ode in brick, mortar and cast iron, to the British Empire (and the British Raj, of which Yangon was the Eastern-most point, until Burma became a colonial possession in its own right). … Continue reading

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The Strand Hotel, Yangon

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No. 92 Strand Road Speaking of timelessness… The delicious irony about all the legendary colonial hotels in the region is that change had come often drastically to these grand old dames, in order that they may look as though no … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour VIII – Burmese Days… Yangon, Myanmar

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“…[a]n agreeable life, luncheon at this club or that, drives along trim, wide roads, bridge at this club or that, gin pahits…then back through the night to dress for dinner and out again to dine with this hospitable host or … Continue reading

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