History Studies

What is History Studies?

The History Studies of the Penang Institute focuses mainly on the history and heritage research of Penang and its region. This research intends to offer new ways to understand the connections between the past and present which throws light on social, economical, cultural and political changes in Penang and its surrounding states, but also Southeast Asia as a whole.

The section is responsible of building up Penang Institute’s resource centre, followed by the setting up of a digital archive which featured mainly, old newspaper cuttings, archival documents, public records and private letters, of prominent local personalities of Penang like Tun Lim Chong Eu and Dr. Wu Lien Teh.

Apart from advancing knowledge in history and heritage through numerous local and international media and journal publications, the section also works together with other local organizations like the Penang Heritage Trust and GTWHI in hosting public lectures and conducting researches.

Who are the team members?

Dr. Wong Yee Tuan, Fellow & Head of History Studies
He received his PhD in history from the Australian National University. His main research interest is in the area of the Chinese business history of Southeast Asia, particularly Penang.  

Koay Su Lyn, Analyst, History Studies
Su Lyn has a strong interest in political history typically that of her hometown, Penang. She researches and writes mainly on the political, economical and social development of post-war Penang.

Pan Yi Chieh, Analyst, History Studies
She received her M.A. in anthropology from Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, focusing on the historical formation of Penang Clan Jetties. She is now researching on the household structures and space uses of Clan Jetties’ communities.

Current projects

Review of the Penang State Library

Research and Document primary sources on the Poh Choo Seah and the Straits Chinese Associations

Research on the History of the pre-war development of Bukit Mertajam

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