Penang Story Lecture: Penang Hokkien as a Diaspora Language and Regional Lingua Franca

July 30, 2016

July 30, 2016

9:30 To 12:30

Event Description


Speaker: Catherine Churchman
Date: 30 July 2016, Saturday
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
Venue : Penang Teochew Association, 127, Lebuh Chulia, 10200 Georgetown, Penang
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Admission Fee: RM20 for PHT Members; RM30 for Non-Members
Light Refreshment will be Served.
Kindly RSVP us before 29th July, Friday, 12 noon,
contact / 04-2642631
Limited seats only.
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“Penang Hokkien” is a Southern Min dialect spoken by the ethnic Chinese of the northern Malay Peninsula, namely in Penang and Kedah, and as far south as Taiping in Perak. The origin of this dialect reflects the origins of the Penang Chinese, whereas its hybridity also reflects Penang’s inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic diversity. The evolution and spread of this dialect to Phuket, Rangoon and Medan, reflects the trading connections of the Penang Chinese traders with other port cities in Southeast Asia. Churchman will talk about the unique and essential qualities of the Penang Hokkien dialect. This will be followed by a forum about safeguarding Penang’s linguistic heritage.

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