Edited by Wazir Jahan Karim Published by Straits g.t. of Intersocietal and Scientific (INAS), 2009.
MARITIME SOUTH-EAST ASIA WAS – and is – a region filled with port cities. Such urban centres tend to concentrate both power and money. But more than that, they cannot help but be cosmopolitan and multicultural inessence, generating hybrids not only of ethnicities but of social organisation.
No doubt, over time, the legacy of some proved more lasting than others. Where the Straits of Malacca is concerned, the significantly multicultural and vibrant ports were those that came to form the British colony of the Straits Settlements.
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