Monday, February 04, 2013

Saudi Aramco World

I vaguely recalled an interview (but I had forgotten if it was two or three years ago) when I got an email from one Jimin Lai, a freelance photographer, assigned to take photographs of me and Silverfish Books for an article written by Richard Covington about the arts scene in Malaysia for the Saudi Aramco World magazine. That was six months ago.

I was used to the usual Malaysian press style photographs, the posing-posing type, with the forced smile and pointy finger. (Ever wondered why pictures in local newspaper always have dignitaries pointing stupidly at something or other? Apparently, that’s the editors’ way of being creative! Duh.)

Jimin Lai was quite different. He didn’t even want me to smile. The magazine had sent him the article and he was required to interpret it. I was fascinated when he told me what he was going to do. He made me stand at three different spots (no posing) and stitched the three photos together for a panoramic view of Silverfish Books here.

The story titled New Art Mix featured several Malaysians associated with the arts, including the Islamic Arts Museum, Nurul Izzah, Malaysian National Arts Gallery, the Matahari gallery, film producer Zarul Albakri, composer Johan Othman of USM, Valentine Willie, Joe Sidek, and the city of George Town.

Read the full article here.

Expat Women in Asia: Call for Submissions

Editor Shannon Young is seeking contributions from expatriate women in East Asia for a new anthology from Signal 8 Press in Hong Kong. This collection will feature the writing of women who are currently expatriates or who previously lived in an East Asian country. For the purposes of this anthology, we construe East Asia to include Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and the ASEAN countries. All submissions should be creative non-fiction and/or travel memoir pieces that speak to the expat experience in modern East Asia. Potential topics include travel, work, relationships, gender roles, safety, family, and repatriation. We are looking for stories with a strong and personal narrative arc, not just travel guides or descriptions of the places you’ve lived. We hope to make this anthology as inclusive as possible, as well, and we welcome submissions from women from different parts of the world.

Contributions should be between approximately 2000 and 5000 words in length. Each writer will receive two copies of the completed anthology and a percentage of the royalties to be determined by the final number of contributors. Please send all submissions, with a brief paragraph about the author, to Shannon [at] typhoon-media [dot] com. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word, .doc or .docx format, and in a standard font. The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2013. This title will be released in paperback and e-book formats in the spring of 2014.

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