History & Heritage Programme

What is History & Heritage Programme?

We focus on new ways of understanding connections between the past and present, and in the process throw light on contemporary changes in Penang and in South-East Asia as a whole. The history and heritage of Penang provide a rich resource for understanding the region.

Who are the team members?

Dr Wong Yee Tuan, Head
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
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
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.


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

Transcribing the private letters of Dr. Wu Lien Teh

Compiling statistical data of Central Province Wellesley from the Straits Settlements Blue Book

Compiling old newspaper cuttings on Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu

Research on the history of the Chinese Recreation Club, Penang

Research on the post-war development of Penang during Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee’s tenure

Aceh-Penang Trade and Chinese Mercantile Networks in the 19th century

Khaw Family Networks and the Rise of the Khaw Group

Chingay in Penang: History of A Diminishing Chinese Folk Acrobatic Arts