Author: Charles Chiam

Dina Zaman on the politicization of Islam in Malaysia and her latest book

Image credit Charles Chiam “Much has been said about the country and its tolerance for the many faiths practised by its people. Malaysia makes for a fantastic advertisement on multiculturalism… Note the word ‘tolerance’. Herein lies the root of all the problems the country faces.” This is the paragraph that first pushed me into deep thought after I started reading Dina Zaman’s latest book. From here, I began to understand that in some cases “tolerance” might not include “acceptance” or “understanding”. For those in the dark, Dina Zaman is a founding member of IMAN, a think tank focusing on society, religion, and perception,...

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Keeping the Malaysian Lolita culture going through dressmaking

“My favourite moment when I dress as a Lolita is when people call me a princess or a real-life doll.” Meet Azierah Mohd Anuar, a 26-year old Lolita enthusiast from Hulu Selangor. Currently working in Kelana Jaya, Azierah also takes commission on women’s clothing. Wait, what is Lolita culture? Lolita is a fashion subculture that originated in Japan during the early 1990s. It is based on the Victorian and Edwardian clothing with rococo influence, possibly branching off from Natural Kei (A Romantic Victorian inspired design in late 1960’s), and developed into an even more girly style adopted by younger...

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How to set up your own record label? Read this!

All images credit Daniel Anthony When Daniel Anthony from Petaling Jaya failed Grade 8 music theory, he decided that the path of a classical musician was not the one for him. However, he refused to give up on his dream of a career in music. Now, when he’s not working as a journalist, he’s running his own record label, Crystal Empire Records (CER), under the stage name St. Pinkie. Yes. You read that right. St. Pinkie. “CER was born in 2014 in the lead-up to Canterlot University, a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan convention that took place...

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Mekong Review, the accidental Southeast Asian literary journal

Image credit Saigoneer Good Southeast Asian literature and its related commentary can be hard to find for some of the people living in this region’s – however, it is possible. One such gem is the Mekong Review, a quarterly literary journal that aims to bring the region’s literary and intellectual life to a broader audience. Publishing fiction, essays, reviews and poetry from Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, the Mekong Review is an independent publication with no political, institutional or commercial affiliations. On January 28, thanks to organisers PUSAKA, Tintabudi and IBDE (Inisiatif Buku Darul Ehsan),...

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BOOK REVIEW | Micro Malaysians!

Editor: Anwar Hadi Publisher: Fixi Novo Genre: Fiction Novel Pages: 144 Micro Malaysians! is a collection of 100 stories, chosen from 1,163 entries from all across Malaysia, each no longer than 150 words. Accompanied by illustrations by Caryn Koh, the book promises “a smorgasbord of the Malaysian experience, bite-sized and biting”. On first glance, this book does not seem to have a particular audience in mind, aiming to simply satisfy one’s curiosity just how much a writer could tell with so little, and if the tales are truly reflective of the Malaysian scene. The stories are not arranged via...

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