As Equals - The Oei Women of Java

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In a time when bound feet, arranged marriages, and subservience were prevalent, Hui-lan, Ida, and Lucy forged a path that broke free from cultural stereotypes. They skilfully flew airplanes, managed Asia's most opulent estates, and charmed the Western world with their impeccable sense of style and sophistication. Their courage and determination not only shattered stereotypes but also paved the way for countless others to follow in their footsteps.

Daryl Yeap, a celebrated author and historian, invites readers on a captivating journey into the lives of three remarkable women—Hui-lan, Ida, and Lucy—in her upcoming book, As Equals: The Oei Women of Java. This compelling narrative sheds light on their extraordinary lives as daughters and the wife of Oei Tiong-ham, Asia's wealthiest magnate at the cusp of the 20th century. These women soared to unprecedented heights, defying societal norms and expectations of the era. They not only challenged traditional gender roles but also left an indelible mark on the history of Asia. Written in a distinct style, the book is revealing, holding surprises even for those familiar with their stories.

"As Equals" is a narrative that is both revealing and surprising, offering fresh insights even to those familiar with their stories. Through meticulous research and engaging storytelling, Yeap brings to life the glamour and darkness of modernity in early 20th century Asia.



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Daryl Yeap is the author of As Equals: The Oei Women of Java. For the most part of her career, she has worked in the finance industry as a banking analyst for various financial institutions before joining her family company. Her first book, The King's Chinese, tells the story of the Straits British Chinese immigrants, told through the life of her great-grandfather, Yeap Chor Ee. She now spends her spare time as an independent researcher.

150 x 230mm
B&W throughout
ISBN 9789811280238


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