Writer + artist currently retracing my rad grandmother’s footsteps at @hersarong.
Comms & engagement professional at @inspiritfdn.
British period drama is one of my guilty pleasures and I was naturally taken in by The Remains of the Day when I first saw the film. It’s fascinating to know that the book that inspired the film is written by Japanese-born writer Kazuo Ishiguro. The book won a Man Booker Prize (Ishiguro received nominations for three other books), making him one of the most revered writers of contemporary English literature. Having left Japan with his family at the age of five, Ishiguro only became a British citizen about thirty years later and returned to Japan several years after that. He says growing up in a Japanese-speaking household gave him a unique perspective which informed his writings in English. This is an incredibly happy discovery for me; I grapple with insecurity when I write in English. Although English is the language I feel most comfortable with, being a non-native speaker makes me feel like an imposter. Furthermore, translating my thoughts and feelings borne of Malay paradigms, universes and histories into English adds an another layer of complexity. But it’s good to know that it’s possible and that someone has done it quite successfully.
#bookstagram #remainsoftheday #englishliterature #perioddrama #writing #mondaymotivation
There is a Malay saying that goes “hendak seribu data, tak hendak seribu dalih.” In English it literally means if you want to do something, you’ll find a thousand ways to do it; conversely, if you don’t want to do something, you’ll find a thousand reasons not to do it. Much like that other old chestnut: where there’s a will, there’s a way.
#quote #quotes #motivation #proverbs #pepatah #pepatahmelayu #melayu #malay #malaysia