Penang Story Lecture: Penang Hokkien as a Diaspora Language and Regional Lingua Franca


Admission fee: RM20 for PHT members

RM30 for non-members

RVSP before 29 July 2016, Friday 12 noon, contact 04-264 2631 or email info@pht.org.my to make reservation. Seats are limited. Light refreshment will be served.


“Penang Hokkien” is a Southern Min dialect spoken by the ethnic Chinese of the northern Malay Peninsula, namely in Penang and Kedah, and as far south as Taiping in Perak. The origin of this dialect reflects the origins of the Penang Chinese, whereas its hybridity also reflects Penang’s inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic diversity. The evolution and spread of this dialect to Phuket, Rangoon and Medan, reflects the trading connections of the Penang Chinese traders with other port cities in Southeast Asia. Churchman will talk about the unique and essential qualities of the Penang Hokkien dialect. This will be followed by a forum about safeguarding Penang’s linguistic heritage.

Speaker’s Biodata

Catherine Churchman is a Lecturer in the Asian Studies Programme in the School of Languages and Cultures, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She studied Chinese and Dutch Studies as an undergraduate in New Zealand and Taiwan before receiving her doctorate in Asian History from the Australian National University in 2012. Catherine’s research interests include the history of the Lingnan region of southern China and Mainland Southeast Asia in the first millennium CE, Chinese contact creole languages of Southeast Asia (in particular Malaysian Hokkien), Southern Chinese local identities both within China and amongst the Chinese diaspora, Vietnamese and Tai literature written in Nôm (Chinese-based demotic script), Sino-Vietnamese literature, and the role of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the Korean War. She is currently working a Penang Hokkien dictionary.

Sat Jul 30, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM MYT
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Penang Teochew Association, 127 Lebuh Chulia, George Town, Penang
PHT members SOLD OUT RM20.00
Non-members SOLD OUT RM30.00
Venue Address
Penang Teochew Association, 127 Lebuh Chulia, George Town, Penang Malaysia
Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) / Persatuan Warisan Pulau Pinang