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Straits Chinese House Domestic [Paperback]

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The Straits Chinese or Peranakan community is perhaps one of the oldest overseas Chinese communities in history, having established itself in the Malay archipelago as early as the seventeenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century, this community had gained prominence, not only for the wealth, education and lavish lifestyles of its most successful members, but also for its active participation in civic life and government. The Straits Chinese are distinguished by their rich culture rooted in Chinese tradition, yet indelibly influenced by Malay, Portuguese, Dutch and British cultures. This volume gives unique insight into their lifestyle and traditions, fascinating for being at once distinctive and eclectic. It takes readers on a journey through their home, which is clearly an expression of their fine art, elaborate rituals and eclectic traditions.

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Studio: Didier Millet
Pages   123
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.25" Height: 12.5"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 25, 2006
Publisher   Editions Didier Millet
ISBN  9814155942  
ISBN13  9789814155946  

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More About Peter Lee & Jennifer Chen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Kundert-Gibbs is director of the Master of Digital Production Arts program at Clemson University. Peter Lee runs his own 3D company, Storydale. Dariush Derakhshani is a CGI effects animator with Sight Effects. Eric Kunzendorf is computer chair Electronic Arts Department at the Atlanta College of Art.

Peter Lee was born in 1960.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Asia > China > General
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Great overview of Straits Chinese culture.  Jan 11, 2008
To be honest, the slightly lackluster cover had me expecting this book to perhaps be a little dreary. It's a shame there is no 'Look Inside' option on this title as that couldn't be further from the truth! This book is wonderfully presented and is packed with beautiful full-colour images of Straits Chinese homes and artifacts. Each of the chapters details a room in the traditional Straits Chinese house, delving into not just the architecture and decor, but the cultural practices and history connected to it. The book is also dotted with the personal memoirs of older Baba Nyonyas which adds a fascinating insight into life at the time. A pleasure to read and highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the subject.

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