Penang Hokkien On Life Support

By Ooi Kok Hin, Julia Tan

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 This article first appeared in our May 2017 issue.In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we put together for you in this issue some of our most memorable articles.Alarm bells are sounding that Penang Hokkien will be forgotten in a generation or two. Should we be concerned?Step into a market, any market, in Penang and there’s a high chance you’ll hear people speaking – sounding almost as though they’re singing – in the distinct northern-accented Hokkien. Tradesmen, regardless of race or...

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Ooi Kok Hin

is an INTP who lives to write and writes to live. Follow him at https:// ooikokhin.

Julia Tan

went to primary and secondary school at Convent Pulau Tikus before continuing sixth form at St. Xavier’s Institution; any other school was out of the question. She misses the fried rice at the school canteen, and laments the passing of the wan tan mee lady.