The Rise of "Exotic Flowers": A Brief History of Formal Education for Chinese Women in Penang
By Kuah Li Feng
THE PREVIOUS FEW articles on Chinese prostitutes in Penang Monthly cast light on the plight of early Chinese female migrants to Malaya and Singapore. These women were mostly illiterate and had very few options for eking out a decent living. Hence, their entry into prostitution, which was then a legal trade. The growing alarm of the Colonial Government saw its permanent ban in the 1930s, which left many of these women without income and employment.Many within the Chinese community sympathised...
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