Doors of Perception and Translation

By Gareth Richards

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Jérôme Bouchaud, founding editor of Lettres de Malaisie and the journal Jentayu.
Conversations and Explorations: Jérôme BouchaudBeyond a handful of specialists, knowledge of historical French connections with Penang and the wider Malay archipelago is thin. Perhaps this should not come as a surprise. France’s colonial ambitions focused on Indochina – the modern states of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos – and so the sedimented layers of language and culture are obviously not as evident as they are with the legacies of the British in Malaysia or the Dutch in Indonesia.Yet the French presence...

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Gareth Richards

is a writer, editor and bookseller.