On Thursday 26 February at 10am we are invited to Rimbun Dahan. The compound of Rimbun Dahan is a centre for developing traditional and contemporary art forms. It features buildings designed by Hijjas Kasturi, as well as a 19th century traditional Malay house, in an indigenous garden environment. (see their website http://www.rimbundahan. org) Angela Hijjas from Rimbun Dahan is willing to give us an intro to the 14th Rimbun Dahan residency art exhibition and a tour around the garden and the Malay house.
Sign up by February 5 if you would like to join the MVM visit to Eu Sang Medical Hall, in Shaw Parade, Changkat Thambi Dollah, off Jalan Pudu, on February 12.
It all began in 1879 when Eu Kong left his hometown of Foshan, a village in Guandong province of southern China, to seek his fortune in Malaya. The industrious young man settled down in the small mining town of Gopeng, Perak. He noticed that the tin mine workers depended on opium to alleviate the pains and sufferings caused by the hard work and their poor living conditions. He then introduced traditional Chinese herbal remedies for them to nurse their health. And so the first Eu Yan Sang shop opened its doors.
The name of the company that Eu Kong started is made up of the words “Yan” and “Sang”. The former means benevolent, kind or humane in the Cantonese dialect while the latter represents birth, life or livelihood. “Yan Sang” literally means caring for mankind. We will be given a history of the family and company and a tour of the medical hall. For more on eu yan sang go to http://www.euyansang.com
Museum Volunteers Malaysia is calling for applicants to join its seventh training programme. The training programme will start on January 17, 2009 and will consist of 13 sessions over three months. It will cover Malaysia’s rich and complex heritage, its history, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and traditional costumes.
“If you are fluent in English, interested in Malaysia’s heritage, and can commit to following the course on Saturday mornings between 9 and 12, you are the kind of person we are looking for,” says Diane Banz-Derez, coordinator of the Saturday Guiding Programmes for MVM.
For more information, click on the black PRESS tag above, or contact Diane Banz-Derez on email@example.com
There will be a New Year Coffee Morning on Saturday 10th Jan 2009 from 1000am – 1300 for all MVM Members. The venue will be the meeting room at Muzium Negara. All members are encouraged to be there, and to please bring a small plate of finger food. Sign up with Aileen Oleson on aileenoleson @ yahoo.com by January 8th.
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Dato’ Dr Adi bin Haji Taha, an eminent archaeologist and former Director General of the Department of Museums Malaysia, will give the inaugural public lecture presented by the Museum Volunteers Malaysia and hosted by Muzium Negara on ‘Prehistory of Malaysia’. The talk will be for 45 minutes and there will be a Q&A session afterwards. All are welcome.