28 July - 3 September 2017
11:00am - 6:00pm
Cantonese Association Chulia Street
In the Malay language, “Datuk" is a title of respect. Early immigrants connected with the idea of the “Datuk”, showing reverence to local practices and paying homage to the nurturing spirit of place. Today the small shrines in which the “Datuk” is honoured give character to the streetscapes of towns and cities. They demonstrate a Malaysian attachment to, and appreciation of, the promise of the place called home. The photographs by Cheryl Hoffmann invite us to reflect on present-day “Datuk” worship and the echoes of the complex intermingling of cultures and beliefs in Malaysia.