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Culture and History of Penang Hokkien

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For generations, the culture and history of the people speaking Penang Hokkien is often left unappreciated. It is only in the past decade that interest in local culture has been rejuvenated.

How does Penang Hokkien come about? Who are the people who speak it? Why and when did Penang Hokkien become the lingua franca of the Chinese of Penang? How does the system of romanization used in this course compare with other forms of Hokkien romanization? In this section are articles that provide you insights into the language.

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Penang Hokkien Authors

  1. Cheah Cheng Seang
    Cheah Cheng Seang is the author of the book Penang Hokkien (Minnan) Dialect. He serves as the supervisor for tourism and events at the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi.

  2. Raymond Kwok
    Raymond Kwok is an expert on Baba Nyonya culture. He has written a number of books on Baba Nyonya and has also assembled Hokkien rhymes and ditties into books.

  3. Tan Choon Hoe
    Tan Choon Hoe wrote the first book to teach Penang Hokkien in recent times, and in so doing is credited with reviving interest in learning the language.

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Reference Material, Academic Papers and other resources related to Penang Hokkien

  1. English Min Nan Chinese Dictionary: https://glosbe.com/en/nan
  2. Lexilogus of the English, Malay and Chinese Languages (Malacca, 1841):
    https://www.penang-traveltips.com/pdf/lexilogus-of-the-english-malay-and-chinese-languages.pdf
  3. Malay Lexicalized Items in Penang Peranakan Hokkien, an academic paper presented by Lim Beng Soon of the Regional Language Centre, Singapore, and Teoh Boon Seong, Singapore Management University:
    https://www.penang-traveltips.com/pdf/malay-lexicalized-items-in-penang-peranakan-hokkien.pdf
  4. Words in Penang Hokkien:
    https://www.chinaheritagequarterly.org/tien-hsia.php?searchterm=026_hokkien.inc&issue=026
  5. Written Hokkien (Wikipedia):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Written_Hokkien
  6. Peh-oe-ji (Wikipedia):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pe%CC%8Dh-%C5%8De-j%C4%AB
  7. Min Nan (Wikipedia):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnan

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