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The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary: Kristang-English / English-Kristang (second edition)

The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary: Kristang-English / English-Kristang (second edition)

The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary: Kristang-English / English-Kristang (second edition)

First published in 2004, The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary is the first-ever dictionary of Kristang, representing a valuable resource on the language and culture of the Eurasian community.

A language of uncommon lyricism and spirit, Kristang is the patoi of the Portuguese Eurasians of Asia. With a distinguished history that that dates to the arrival of Afonso d’Albuquerque’s fleet in Malacca in 1511, Kristang has been passed down orally from generation to generation for over 500 years. Though it has retained its European roots, Kristang has been deeply influenced by many of the languages of the region and is one of Asia’s most unique yet little-known linguistic treasures.

The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary has played an irreplaceable role in recording and preserving this singular language and culture. Exhaustively researched and complied from interviews with native speakers, it has a comprehensive set of language features as well as dual-language explanations of Eurasian culture and its oral traditions.

Fully illustrated with entries on Kristang songs, poems, cuisine, names, idioms and rituals, The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary encapsulates the living legacy and memories of one of Asia’s most vibrant cultures.

This updated Second Edition features additional cultural details and Kristang texts, including both poems and prose, for an even richer cultural understanding.

Patron of the Eurasian Association and former Cabinet minister George Yeo, who wrote the Foreword to the first edition, has also written an additional new Foreword for this new edition, in which he notes

“When I was Foreign Minister from 2004-2011, I bought many copies of the book as gifts to dignitaries and friends from Portuguese-speaking countries. The Foreign Ministers of Brazil, Portugal and Timor Leste were thrilled to find that they could understand all the Kristang words even though many words and phrases seemed to them archaic. With pride, I treated the Dictionary as a diplomatic asset.”

 

About The Authors

Valerie Scully is a grassroots leader and a member of Siglap South CC’s Management Committee. She is also a member of the Oral History Committee of the Eurasian Association. She was the director of the Kristang Cultural Troupe for 25 years, and a group leader for the Eurasian contingent at National Day and Chingay parades for 12 years. With a Portuguese Eurasian family background, she has a wealth of knowledge on Portuguese Eurasian culture as well as the Kristang language.

Catherine Zuzarte has had an extensive career in the education service as a teacher and a textbook writer with the Ministry of Education, Singapore. She has a great interest in all things Eurasian: heritage, culture and cuisine. She has an affinity for Kristang, speaks the language and would like to popularize its usage among the community.

Details
Author Valerie Scully and Catherine Zuzarte
ISBN 9789814747578
Size 227mm x 152mm
Extent 264pp
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Language English
 
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