Thursday, January 28, 2010

Expatriate Lifestyle -- January 2010

In case the print is too small or too faint. Listed in alphabetical order.

42. Robert Raymer (US)
As an academic, Robert teaches creative writing at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. As a writer, his stories have appeared in The Literary Review, London Magazine, Going Places and Reader's Digest. Lovers and Strangers Revisited (MPH 2008), his collection of 17 short stories set in Malaysia, won the 2009 Popular-The Star Readers Choice Awards. Tropical Affairs: Episodes from an Expat's Life in Malaysia (MPH 2009) is his latest book. His blog on writing can be accessed from his website

Matt Bellotti wrote in his Editor's Note, "Our first ambitious editorial project of 2010 sees us delve deeper into the expatriate community here in Malaysia than anyone has ever delved before.

Having asked our friends and contact network for nominations, and after doing our own research into 'Who's Who' when it comes to expatriates, we have complied am impressive list of individuals...These are people who are not just successful in their own fields, but they have come to a foreign country and achieved the remarkable. They do the extraordinary as well as the ordinary...

Many of our entries we'd never heard before this project. You will see for yourself what a remarkable group has been selected and hopefully appreciate just what a diverse and dynamic bunch of expatriates they are..."

He also stated that their 'working list' was nearly 150 strong.

This article led to one international interview (though it has yet to come out) and as a guest on the talk show Kuppa Kopi.  See "Getting Known Through the Media."

*Here's an update - it's official Lovers and Strangers Revisited is going French!

*Update, the 20th anniversary of Lovers and Strangers Revisited, my collection of short stories set in Malaysia

**Update: Book orders for Trois autres Malaisie  E-book orders.  Or recommend it to your friends, especially those who would like to know more about Malaysia or have an interest in Southeast Asia.
Here's a link to the intro and excerpts, and to four reviews of Trois Autres Malaisie in,,, and Petit Futé mag.

***Here’s an update to the French blog about Trois autres Malaisie and my meeting the French translator Jerome Bouchaud in Kuching, and my involvement in a French documentary for Arte (June 2017) on The Sensual Malaysia of Somerset Maugham.

Here are links to some of my author-to-author interviews of first novelists:

Ivy Ngeow author of Cry of the Flying Rhino, winner of the 2016 Proverse Prize.

Golda Mowe author of Iban Dream and Iban Journey.

Preeta Samarasan author of Evening is the Whole Day

Chuah Guat Eng,  author of Echoes of Silence and Days of Change. 


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