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August 31, 2011

The only dalang of Chinese descent in Malaysia

A Peranakan cina (Chinese Peranakan) of Chinese, Malay and Thai descent working hard to preserve his multicultural tradition and also to preserve the art of shadow puppetry  (wayang kulit in Malay) in Malaysia (the Chinese also has shadow puppetry but I have not seen it in Singapore or Malaysia yet).

Being an avid fan of her father's wayang kulit shows, the tok dalang's daughter also wrote a thesis on the topic when she was studying in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM, 国民大学). I am trying to gain access to her thesis and will share later.

Here's also a Chinese report on the daughter's wish to help her father promote wayang kulit even though the art can only be passed down to sons and not daughters.

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