Books Are the Preferred Medium: Even for the Gods

By Dato’ Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

August 2023 EDITORIAL
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“BEST PRACTICES” is quite a clever term. I had trouble accepting it at first, trained to be relativistic as I am by the social sciences. I had to ask questions like: Who decides such things? Who decides that a practice is “best”?Over time, I came to see the need for that expression — and the usefulness of it — in almost any field of human endeavour. I came to realise that the term does not need to imply anything ideological...

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Dato’ Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: