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(1) First International Conference on Zheng He and the Afro-Asian World
After months of hard work and preparations including several rounds of discussion with the Melaka State Government, we are pleased that Perdanan Muzium Melaka (PERZIM) will be the joint organisers with our Society, the Melaka Cultural Museum together with the Shanghai Center for Zheng He Studies, Zhong Hua Zheng He Society as well as other organisations. The Announcements has already been sent out to all members as well as individuals and organisations interested in the study of Zheng He. Those interested are welcomed to logon to our website (www.chengho.org) for details and are invited to participate in this exciting event which will form a part of the month-long celebrations to commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of Melaka as a World Heritage City.
(2) News of our Honorary Chairman, Prof. Wang Gungwu
A Straits Times (Singapore) article published on 10 June 2009 titled ‘Professor Wang Gungwu: An accidental historian” gives an account of how Prof. Wang came to study history rather than literature or economics in the University of Malaya in Singapore and how he opted to become a scholar. His special interest was and remains the history of China and the Chinese. He was awarded the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Letters by Cambridge University in June 2009. This was in addition to his honorary professorships and degrees from several universities in China and Hong Kong. The report says that “Prof Wang’s work reflects his abiding interest in understanding the human condition, believing as he does that one can attain a deeper understanding of the present by knowing the past…. interest in the past is not the past as such but the present.” Prof Wang did his Masters on the early trade between China and Southeast Asia and subsequently his doctorate on the period of chaos between the Tang and Sung dynasties at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He taught in the University of Malaysia in Singapore and then in 1959 went Kuala Lumpur at the KL branch of the university. Subsequently he became research professor at the Australian National University where he began writing about contemporary China. In 1985, he was offered the vice-chancellorship at the University of Hong Kong. Prof. Wang was born in Surabaya and grew up in Malaya. In 1995, he was invited by Dr Goh Keng Swee to take up the directorship at the Institute of East Asian Political Economy now known as the East Asian Institute. In 2007, he became chairman of its board of directors.
Our Vice President, Prof. Leo Suryadinata, the editor of the volume,Zheng He and Southeast Asia (2005 ), published by Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and International Zheng He Society (Singapore) wrote the chapter (5) titled “Zheng He, Semarang and the Islamization of Java: between history and legend” (pp. 72-93). The article originally appeared inAsian Culture, vol. 29, June 2005. Based mainly on local sources, Prof Suryadinata discusses the likelihood of visit(s) of Zheng He’s fleet to Semarang, Java, although there is no official record of the name of this location in Chinese documents. This paper is of interest because the research is focused on Zheng He’s activities from the point of view of the country he visited. Also, local and non-Chinese sources recording events in the destination country had been utilised.
(4) Book Reviews
Gavin Menzies (2008), 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaaissance, Harper Collins (London), 368 pp.
A review of the now well-known book appeared in the website www.chinaview.cn on 30 July 2008. An excerpt is given below:
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