I am sure this excellent book will find its due place on
the bookshelves of all readers professionally or otherwise interested in
Armenian studies and history of the Diaspora.
From His Excellency Arman Kirakossianís speech at the book launch held
in the Armenian Embassy in Washington on 15 February 2004.
The story of the Armenian entrepreneurs of the Malay
Peninsula and Singapore
is both fascinating and largely unknown. Through tireless research and deep
devotion to the subject, Nadia Wright has produced the definitive study of
this most engrossing story, and shed valuable light on a remarkable intersection
of Armenian and Asian culture. An indispensable and invaluable addition to
the scholarship of this region.
RESPECTED CITIZENS THE HISTORY OF ARMENIANS IN SINGAPORE
AND MALAYSIA is truly a monumental effort most competently and successfully
completed by its author Nadia Wright. This book details the previously
unresearched but extremely interesting and important history of these
Armenians who originated, for the most part in Isfahan
and arrived via Madras and Calcutta
to settle, work, worship and raise families in Singapore
and the Malay States throughout the 19th Century.
Mrs Wright undertook a most daunting task of historical research...imagine
there are 5 different English spellings for the Armenian surname Caloustian (Advent's son) alone!... and she should be
very pleased with her scholarship. The author's mother, Vera Varsnik Deukmedjian, to whom
this well written volume of Armenian history is dedicated may rest in peace
with pride !!!!
George G. Omartian II."
the History of Armenians
in Singapore and Malaysia
Author: Nadia H Wright
Publisher: Amassia Publishing
Pages: 350; 24 pp.
black/white plates; maps, tables; bibliography pp. 316-330; index
Cover: softback gloss
RRP $A40 (+ GST + postage)
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Copyright Amassia Publishing 2003