Posts by Yap Lay Sheng
Examining a tranche of early 20th-century photographs of Malay women, O for Other critiques the layered histories behind the images, reckoning with their legacies.
Postcards of 20th-century Women in the Malay Archipelago
Lay Sheng looks at how the child slave controversy in the early 20th century elucidated larger debates on hygienic modernity, gender propriety and endemic racism at the heart of empire.
The Mui Tsai Controversy
Welyn dwells into the world of Pua Kumbu heritage as it is trafficked between world heritage-making, grassroots activism and state preservation projects.