The Penan’s Lament: “The Forest is Our Skin”

By Ooi Kee Beng

March 2016 REVIEW
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Unimaginable tragedy befell the so-called “original peoples” in the wake of the oceanic voyages of discovery by Christopher Columbus and the Portuguese and Spanish adventurers in the late 15th century.While Columbus’s attempt to reach India via a western sea route was blocked by two huge continents, Vasco Da Gama’s expedition to get to the same destination via an eastern sea route was successful as far as the original intention was concerned.Rainforest Hero: The Life and Death of Bruno Manser, by...

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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: