This has been a most exciting journey of discovery. First, I would like to thank Seah family members – Simon, Sally, Shannon, Florence, and William. In addition, Benny, Jean Elizabeth, James, and Brandon Seah gave generously of their time and knowledge.

Second, special thanks must go to Keith Tan, Joseph Tan, and Judith d’Silva for their encouragement and support, and Teo Eng Dih for his invaluable, detailed, and useful comments and perspectives; I am deeply grateful. Eugene Chew, Victor Ong, Lee Yi, Lishan, Mervin, Danny, and Hasvany also provided support.

Third, I would like to thank many other friends I made at university: Dr Mark Emmanuel, Chen Zhinian, and Pan Pan.

Last, I would like to thank the artists who worked with me on this project. First, special thanks must go to generous and talented artist Lu Yunru, for her amazing artwork. I would also like to thank the illustrators and digital artists, Felipe Vasconcelos from Mexico and Alexandru Dumitrescu from Romania. Their keen eye and artistic talent contributed greatly to fleshing out words in visual form, and bringing some of the characters and places to life. Danny Ng’s work was amazing.

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Special thanks should go to the following kind supporters and organisations as well: The Peranakan Museum, True Blue Shoppe, Select Books, and BooksActually. After the publication of my book, they have helped me immensely – I am deeply grateful.


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However, should you find any inaccurate material, please inform me so that I can make the appropriate changes. All mistakes and omissions in the book and website are mine, and I apologise for them. Thank you very much!

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