A NEW book titled ‘The Gilded Age: Penang Straits Chinese Baba Nyonya Wedding’ is set to give readers a glimpse into the community’s rich history.
Readers can learn more about the community’s resplendent and gracious lifestyle in the late 19th to early 20th centuries from traditions and treasures to wedding costumes and ceremonial paraphernalia.
The book is published by Lillian Tong, president of the Persatuan Peranakan Baba Nyonya Pulau Pinang, and will be available soon.
Penang tourism development, arts, culture and heritage committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin described the book as insightful.
“Leafing through each page, I see images of the exquisite and beautiful heirlooms which are hardly seen now, ” Yeoh added.
He was speaking at the book’s unveiling at the Pinang Peranakan Mansion in Church Street where Tong is museum director.
She has written two books before titled ‘Straits Chinese Gold Jewellery’ and ‘Straits Chinese Embroidery & Beadwork’.
Tong said the public could pre-order her latest book by contacting the association or herself at 012-4072711. The book is priced at RM32.
Yeoh believes the new book would entice more locals and foreigners to delve further into the world of Penang’s Baba Nyonya community as well as visit the Pinang Peranakan Mansion.
He said the book came at an especially opportune time with the Government offering personal income tax relief of up to RM1,000 on expenditure related to domestic tourism under the Economic Stimulus Package.
Yeoh also encouraged all tourism industry players to use ‘Cuti-Cuti Penang’ as the main marketing tool to promote tourist attractions in the state.
This is in view of the ongoing Experience Penang 2020 programme and school holidays coming later this month.
“We have recently introduced the Penang Lang 50% discount package covering more than 20 attractions, retail outlets and thematic restaurants.
“We encourage Penangites and others to seize this opportunity to explore the state.”