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The Chettiar: traditional recyclists of George Town, Penang

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

"Chettiar" is a familiar term in Malaysia. It refers to a business class who were originally from Tamil Nadu, India. In George Town, Penang, the Chettiar traditionally own recycling businesses. I had the privilege of visiting a few Chettiar houses in 2012.
Four generations: recyclist with his nephew, with photos of his father (top) and grandfather (below). Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
Four generations: recyclist with his nephew, with photos of his father (top) and grandfather (below). Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
Another Chettiar recyclist. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
Another Chettiar recyclist. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
Worker showing us around a recycling centre. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
Worker showing us around a recycling centre. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
At a recycling centre. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
At a recycling centre. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
At a recycling centre. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
At a recycling centre. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
At a recycling centre. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
At a recycling centre. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
Where old goods come to rest. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012
Where old goods come to rest. Photo shot for the Penang Heritage Festival, 2012

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