The Stadthuys in Malacca

This Postcrossing postcard came from Malaysia, but has a Dutch ‘background’. It shows the Stadthuys in Malacca, which might well be the oldest remaining Dutch colonial building left in Southeast Asia. It was built shortly after Malacca was captured by the Dutch in 1641 and modelled after the city hall of Hoorn, the Netherlands. That building has long been replaced by a newer buildingStadthuys Malacca (so if you want to know what the old city hall in Hoorn looked like, go to Malacca!). The Stadthuys has seen many changes over time. It was under British rule from 1824, when it was painted salmon red (the exact reason is unknown, though there are a few interesting guesses). It is now a Museum of Ethnography which shows the history of Malacca and its people.

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About Marian van Bakel

I graduated in International Business Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After my studies I was a Visiting Study Fellow at University of Oxford where I conducted a research on the adjustment of Dutch diplomats and their partners in London. In February 2012 I successfully defended my PhD thesis ‘In Touch with the Dutch’, in which I put expatriates in touch with a Dutch host to examine the effect of this contact on the success of the international assignment. During my PhD research I also worked as in house communication consultant at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I am currently a postdoc at the Department of Leadership and Corporate Strategy at the University of Southern Denmark (www.sdu.dk/en). Since 2004 I have done extensive voluntary work in the intercultural field for the Young Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (Young SIETAR). One of my projects was to co-edit and co-author A Suitcase Full of Discoveries (2008), an intercultural storybook for children.
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