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Creative Heritage: Melaka and Its Past


Ooi, CS and Shevren, L, Creative Heritage: Melaka and Its Past, Creative Districts around the World : Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Bairro Alto, NHTV University of Applied Sciences, L Marques and G Richards (ed), Breda, pp. 163-170. ISBN 9789081901130 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]


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Despite the celebration and promotion of the creative economy, there is still a "dark" side to creativity. Creativity entails experimentation, chaos and failures. A creative space blends the aesthetics with chaos, sleek design with experimentation, and economic development with failed ideas. This case looks at the ambiguous and ambivalent interfaces of history in the historical city of Melaka (also known as Malacca) in Malaysia. History, by its definition, is a documentation of the past. Any historical documentation can be contested and revised. This case will not engage in the debate on revisionist history. Instead, it will show how history and heritage is negotiated and appropriated under present circumstances in the historic city of Melaka. The re‐interpretation and revision of history is part of the everyday creative response to changing circumstances. Such contemporary responses to the past, however unclear and acrimonious, are the essence of a creative place.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Other human society
Research Field:Studies of Asian society
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Ooi, CS (Professor Can Seng Ooi)
ID Code:122329
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-11-09
Last Modified:2018-03-15
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