What We Talk About When We Talk About Heritage


Many speak of making it hip, more inclusive, less high-brow. In other words, more relatable to all, since we live in it.

It’s the word du jour, “heritage”. International organisations vote to acknowledge and list it (for protection purposes, among other reasons); government departments are established to manage it; festivals held to celebrate it. In Penang, it is a proud badge we wear – we talk about our legacy, our historical multiculturalism, our colonial-era manses, our food, our arts.

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