Port Cites: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia 1500-1900
Edited by Alan Chong, Richard Lingner, and Clement Oon
Authors: Peter Lee, Leonard Y. Andaya, Babara Watson Andaya, Gael Newton, and Alan Chong
Price: SGD 40
Port Cities perfectly encapsulate a fundamental human and cultural process that has existed since time immemorial–the constant mixing of things together. Such places, and the powerful cultural dynamics that took place within and between them, reflect how people, ideas, and objects circulate, and how culture is formed, spread, and shared. Four essays and a catalogue section of stunning objects make up a profusely illustrated book that accompanied the exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum from 4 November 2016 to 19 February 2017.