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George Town: 'Pride of Penang' (1941)

Also known as Prince of Wales Island, Penang is a British colony located off the west coast of the Malay peninsula. As it is an island, many residents make their livelihood off the water, ... See full summary »
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Also known as Prince of Wales Island, Penang is a British colony located off the west coast of the Malay peninsula. As it is an island, many residents make their livelihood off the water, such as in fishing or port activities as it serves as both a vital link in the chain of British colonies and one of the major ports of entry into the Malay. Penang's major city and capital is George Town, with approximately 160,000 inhabitants, primarily Chinese, Malay or South Asian. The Chinese dominate life on the island, economically, culturally, and in sheer numbers. Because of the diverse racial mix, there are also an associated number of different religions, one which specifically worships the snake, the nocturnal and poisonous adder roaming freely through its temple at night. Also because of the diverse racial mix, there is also often a blending of cultures, such as in the cuisine of the island. Written by Huggo

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15 November 1941 (USA)  »

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James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks: George Town: 'Pride of Penang'  »

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Narrator: Rickashaws are the taxi cabs of Georgetown. And their owners take great pride in decorating them with artistic designs. On a meager diet of rice and dried fish, a rickashaw coolie can trot for miles under a tropical sun and keep it up as long as he can find passengers to pay his modest tariffs.
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TravelTalks
5 February 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Georgetown, Pride of Penang (1941)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another fun entry in James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series. This time out we travel to the "Prince of Wales Island" where we learn that 160,000 Chinese are currently living. We learn about their various old customs, which includes painting the front of their ships white to make "eyes" for them to see during bad weather. We also learn about the rice, coffee and spices that are major exports and we get to see a sacred funeral as it holds up traffic going through the streets. Finally, we get to see the sacred Snake Temple where various deadly snakes live out their lives with people stopping by to worship and give them food. Fans of the series will find this entry to be right up their with the rest. This one here offers the fine narration and great Technicolor and the stories told are fairly interesting. I think the highlight of the film has to be the Snake Temple but the various ways of the streets were also interesting. We also get to hear how firecrackers are used to scare off evil spirits.


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