On vibrant port cities and anomalous nation states

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

September 2010 PENANG PROFILE
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One hot afternoon in July, Ooi Kee Beng sat down at a Muslim cafe on Kandahar Street in Singapore for a cold Arabic coffee and a chat with one of Penang’s many big names in the academic world. Professor Ho Eng Seng, a Penang Free School alumnus, shared with him some of the most important lessons he had learned on his long academic journeys.Ho Eng Seng returned to Penang in 1986 from Stanford University with degrees in Anthropology and Economics. The timing...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His latest book is Signals in the Noise: Notes on Penang, Malaysia and the World (Singapore: Faction Press) Homepage: wikibeng.com.