Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Nanyang - Book Review
This book is written by Mr Khoo Kheng Hor. He is a Malaysian author. It is his third Novel.
Mr Khoo tells an absorbing saga of Nanyang, literally meaning the Southern Ocean, a name given by the early Chinese migrants for the part of the world known today as Malaysia and Singapore.
It is an engaging tale linking the multi-racial peoples such as the orang asli, the people from various parts of Southeast Asia collectively known as the Malays, the Chinese (migrants and Straits-born Peranakan), the Indians, and of course, the Eurasians, descendants of inter-marriages of the natives and the Europeans, such as the early Portuguese who came to colonize the wealthy Malacca Sultanate, before being chased out by the Dutch, who in turn were outmaneuvered by the British, who thereafter systematically colonized the land to be known as British Malaya, and Singapore until Japan came along.
Here is their fascinating stories as seen through the lives of a few families.
Its a perfect book for a nation celebrating 50th independence from the British.