Dragon Boat Racing: A Growing Tradition in Penang

By Beh May Ting

June 2021 FEATURE
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Dragon boat race at the Teluk Bahang Dam. Photo: Penang Forward Dragon Boat Team’s Facebook
“LAST 100 METRES! Maintain! Last 50 metres! All out!” the drummer shouts. Like a well-oiled machine, we row hard in synchronised strokes towards the finish line.The season for dragon boat races is once again upon us, a cherished bi-annual tradition in Penang that gathers local competitors at the Teluk Bahang Dam in June. But it is in December that the event is elevated to an even grander scale. With the arrival of international teams to Penang’s shores, the regatta becomes...

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Beh May Ting

is an urban anthropologist and a senior analyst in Penang Institute. She draws professional and personal inspirations from the finer things in life.