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Oct.22.2013
I am giving away copies of The Mouse Deer Kingdom on Goodreads.  Please follow the link to make your request! Book description: The year is 1905 and Chai Mingzhi, an immigrant newly arrived in the port-town of Malacca, takes Engi, an indigenous boy from the tropical forest, to live with him....
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Oct.18.2013
The annual feast of Maria SS. Addolorata – an expression of profound devotion to Saint Maria – falls on the third Sunday of September, which means for this year, the 15th – the day our fellowship began.  That night, Akai Residency directors, visual artists Salvatore Scalora and Claudia...
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Sep.21.2013
My flight from London Gatwick arrived in Catania Airport at 10.50am local time on 15 September and instantly, I fell into the spell of the brilliant Sicilian sunshine.  And being a movie lover, one thing came to my mind immediately: I am in the country of The God Father! ...
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Sep.11.2013
Six years ago I stumbled into the Glasgow branch of the School of Philosophy in Scotland, and have since become a member.  It is one of the few treasure I discovered in my adopted city, and one that I embrace with an open heart. The school is an affiliation of the School of Economics...
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Aug.11.2013
Yesterday I look part in my first ever Pride March.  The parade is one of the events of Pride Glasgow, an annual festival started in 2004 in Glasgow, to celebrate and campaign for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) community in the city and the West of Scotland.  ...
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May.26.2013
Today is Wesak – or Vesak, how it is known in the West – a holy day that celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.  Apart from paying homage to the Buddha, on this day, Buddhists around the world are reminded to make special efforts to bring happiness to the unfortunate...
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Mar.28.2013
The recent production of Werther by the Scottish Opera brought my attention back to Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1932)’s first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774), on which the opera is based.Sources available indicate the semi-autobiographical elements of the book: of how...
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May.20.2009
This is an extract from my email reply to Xujun Eberlein's question regarding the issue of cultural identity raised by her reader: I read your Singaporean reader's letter with much thoughts. Confusion of one's identity is a common issue among persons who live outside their cultural roots, be they...
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Mar.26.2009
Democracy and freedom of expression in Malaysia are further threatened following the suspension of two main opposition newspapers on Monday. Harakah, the official voice of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), and Suara Keadilan, published by the Anwar Ibrahim-led Parti Keadilan Rakyat (The People...
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Mar.23.2009
At the Foreign Correspondents Club
I came back last Wednesday after a fruitful trip to Hong Kong for the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival, at which I had four events.  The first I shared with Xujun Eberlein (Apologies Forthcoming) and Neel Chowdbury (The Inheritors), on the topic of Dislocated Voices, discussing the...
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Mar.11.2009
I am looking forward to my events at the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival.  It is always interesting to meet and exchange ideas with writers from different countries and backgrounds; and I am extremely excited to have the chance to share the stage with authros who have made their names...
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Jan.17.2009
I felt honoured when told of Little Hut of Leaping Fishes being shortlisted for the Best Scottish Fiction -- a prize held in conjuction with the Glasgow Book Festival, Aye Write! -- alongside James Kelman (Kieron Smith, Boy), James Meek (We Are Now Beginning Our Descent) and Michel Faber (Ther Fire...
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Jan.15.2009
My first Year of the Ox greeting arrived from Malaysia via snail mail.  The sight of the pink envelope amongst a pile of the usual dull brown or white brightened up my day; and inside, red peonies blossomed as if they would burst through the folded card, would announce to me, loudly: ‘Hey, it’s...
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Dec.28.2008
Persons who write in a second language (in my case, a third language – English comes after Chinese and Malay) are often thought to be translating sentences, either written or in their minds, into the target language.  I am not one of them. I decided to write a novel in English after a friend sent...
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