KampungBuku Malaysia Melaka has an important announcement to make.
KampungBuku Malaysia Melaka with the co-operation of Cheng Ho Cultural Museum will be organizing a BOOK TALK in conjunction with the 3rd Anniversary of Melakaâ€™s inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage Cities List.
Date : 9th July 2011 (Saturday)
Venue: Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
Time: 10.00 am
Entrance is free. Registration by telephone (06-232 3308 / Norgayah) or email (email@example.com) is encouraged for groups above 10. Light refreshments will be served.
- Book Talk by Dennis De Witt
Author of History of the Dutch in Malaysia, Melaka from the Top and Re-connecting Through Our Rootsâ€.
** Copies are available at AnjungKaryawan Melaka, KampungBuku Malaysia Melaka. You can also order these books online at our website. www.bookvillage.com.my
- Book Talk by Serge Jardin
Author of Rever Malaccaâ€
Dennis De Witt
Dennis De Witt is a 5th generation Dutch Eurasian from Malacca. He has developed a keen interest on subjects relating to Dutch influences in Malaysian history due to his own heritage. His research on his ancestors has produced family data going through 300 years, down 11 generations and across 3 continents.
He is the author of the following books:
- Reconnecting Through Our Roots (self-published) (2006)
- History of the Dutch in Malaysia, Nutmeg Publishing, ISBN: 9789834351908 (2007)
- Melaka from the Top, Nutmeg Publishing, ISBN: 9789834351922 (2010)
He has contributed articles for the Journal of Malaysian Biographies, published by the Malaysian National Archives, presented papers at seminars and written articles for various newspapers and magazines, such as:
- Children of the VOC in The Easternization of the West: The Role of Melaka, the Malay-Indonesian archipelago and the Dutch seminar, subsequently published by the Institute of Occidental Studies, UKM.
- In the Chasm of Malaysian Ethnic Pluralism – Malaysia’s Dutch Descendants at http://www.projectmalaysia.org/articles/in-the-chasm-of-malaysian-ethnic-pluralism-malaysia-dutch-descendants.html
- A Family Reunion “ The Sequerahs of Malacca, Heritage Asia Magazine, April-June 2009, Vol. 6 No. 1, ISSN 1675-6924.
He is a registered speaker with the Malaysian Tourism Development Council and he has given lectures and talks on history and ethnicity at various forums and seminars.
In 2009, he was named as the winner of the Dutch incentive prize for Genealogy for his book History of the Dutch in Malaysia and he received his prize in the Netherlands.
Dennis De Witt was born and raised in Malacca, he and his family now reside in Selangor. He now acts as one of the co-ordinators of the Malaysian Dutch Descendants Project and is the President of the Malaysia-Netherlands Friendship Association.
Serge Jardin is a geographer and historian per training and has a Master Degree from the University of Paris. After a short stint as a teacher for 2 years, he started to travel extensively around the world and finally joined the tourism industry.
He arrived in Malaysia in 1986 to work as a tour leader and tourist guide. In 1988, he incorporated his own travel agency which is dedicated to the discerning traveller.
Retired since 2008 he occupies his time by entertaining guests at The Snail House, Heeren Street, walks in the gardens, hillsand in the villages around Malaysia.
He has just published the book River Malacca, which is an invitation to discover Melaka through the eyes of travellers. He is currently working on a new book Malaisie, un certain regard or â€œMalaysia in the literatures.
‘KampungBuku Malaysia Melaka and the Cheng Ho Cultural Museum cordially invites you to join us on the 9th July 2011 for the first ever BOOK TALK. History buffs, tourists, students, teachers and anyone interested in the history of Melaka is encouraged to attend. The sessions will be moderated and members of the audience will be able to participate in a Question & Answer session with the authors.