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  The Heritage Journal, Volume 4, 2009    



Benny Ong: 21 years in the British Fashion Industry (1975-1996) and his Design Philosophy
May Khuen Chung, Ms

This article is about the career and works of Benny Ong, a Singaporean fashion designer in London from the 1970s to 1990s. It aims to challenge some of the perceptions associated with Ong and explain why he was able to survive and succeed in an extremely competitive fashion industry in London. The study begins with an investigation of Ong’s early experience in London and how he became recognised as one of Britain’s top fashion designers by the early 1980s. The research continues by exploring Ong’s design philosophy. Besides applying discourses on Orientalisation and self-Orientalisation, Ong’s works at the National Museum of Singapore and those represented in British magazines will be examined.

Historical and Traditional Building Techniques in Some Iranian Vernacular Constructions, 2009
Amirkhani Aryan, Mr
Okhovat Hanie, Mr

The need for preserving historical constructions is not only a cultural requirement, but also an economical and developmental demand. In addition to their historical interest, cultural heritage buildings are valuable because they contribute significantly to the economy by providing key attractions at a time when tourism and leisure are major industries. Herein, the great Iranian tradition is as yet little known in the West and there is much to be learnt both from it and the building techniques which are integral with it. The Iranian vernacular building tradition, which makes such ingenious use of natural resources without the consumption of additional power, is still alive. There is also much to be gained from understanding such highly developed technology. Among different Iranian vernacular constructions, ice-houses, cisterns and water-mills are the subject of the main body of this article. Notes on wind-catchers are also included.

Speaking for the Diaspora: Tamil Newspapers in Malaya and Singapore as Instruments of Modernity, Protection, Reform and Change, 1930-1940
Dinesh Sathisan, Mr

With very little works of scholarship focusing on Tamil communities in Malaya, and with the bulk of them reflecting a bias towards the histories of migrant plantation workers, this study departs from such a focus to explore an intellectual movement spearheaded by the Tamil press. This article explores three Tamil papers published in colonial Malaya and Singapore during the 1930s; the Tamil Nesan, Munnetram and Tamil Murasu. These newspapers aspired to be instruments that spoke for the diaspora, in an effort to protect their status and rights, and at the same time, spoke to the diaspora on issues of individual and social modernisation and reform.


Articles from the nhb archives

The Batik Patterning Technique in Southeast Asia
Constance Alwin Sheares, Ms