The King's Chinese


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by Daryl Yeap
published by The Strategic Information and Research Development Centre


The central thread of this book – the life of Yeap Chor Ee, the “merchant prince of Penang”- touches on a multitude of people, events and businesses which extended from trading to banking, and sugar refining to property development. Locating this account of Yeap Chor Ee in the pulsing commercial centre of pre-war Penang, and in a Malayan peninsula which was undergoing rapid change, Daryl Yeap has sketched a portrait not only of this famous towkay, but of a society. By introducing us to the prominent Penang families, to family politics and practices, education, cultural hybridity, festivals and food, and placing these in the wider context of the social changes and political events affecting both the island and the region, she provides us with both a Yeap family history and a broader story of Penang.

- paperback
- ISBN: 9789672165590