Gedung Kuning: Memories of a Malay Childhood
Edited by Lee Seow Ser
Design by Masturah Sha'ari
Gedung Kuning or the Yellow Mansion was home to the family of Haji Yusoff ‘Tali Pinggang’ from 1912 to 1999. It was acquired by the Singapore government in August 1999 under the Land Acquisition Act. What used to house six families is now preserved as a historic building as part of the Malay Heritage Centre.
Hidayah Amin, one of Haji Yusoff’s great-granddaughters, revisits her childhood home. She takes you beyond the gate guarded by stone eagles, through rooms with big mirrors and marble floors, and shares interesting anecdotes growing up in Gedung Kuning. Gedung Kuning is not a mere residence but the legacy of a Malay family in Singapore.
"This book is more than a reminiscence of what it means to be raised in a particular ethnic group in Singapore. It shows us the unique features of an especially historic neighbourhood, the evolution of a Singaporean identity in which specific values are shared by all, and how important aspects of that identity have been preserved in words and pictures."
– John N. Miksic, Emeritus Professor, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore
@Helang Books, Singapore, 2021