Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Quick Ad from Adriana

Posting this for Adriana who was a Malaysiakini intern in her last reincarnation and wrote about my creative writing class:

Would you like to be part of a team of young people that travels throughout Malaysia (Peninsular and Sabah and Sarawak) to talk to the youth of the country about:

• What their Malaysia is?
• Their personal wish for the country as she turns 50?

My name is Adriana Nordin Manan, and I am in the process of applying for a grant from my college for a project to do just that, and would love to hear from you! If you are between 16 and 25 years old and keen on celebrating Merdeka a little differently this year, get in touch! We will most probably be traveling sometime in July, all expenses paid.

Final Product: a book and documentary that compile the stories and pictures, distributed to different community organizations, schools and civil society organizations. I would also be very keen on giving short talks and presentations on our findings at different venues, in the spirit of sparking honest discussion on where we are headed now that we are turning 50 as a nation.

HOWEVER, I am extremely flexible when it comes to the kind of input people want to provide, especially in terms of the final product. Having a documentary and photo exhibition would be great too, for example. Spoken word and poetry jam sessions come to mind as well, or even the “Malaysian Youth Cookbook” (ala the “Anarchist’s Cookbook”), hee hee…..

Logistics: As I need to submit my revised proposal to my college on January 31st, I REALLY NEED to hear from people before then, with questions, critiques, suggestions or simple hellos. It is important that I demonstrate that some progress has been made in getting contacts in Malaysia, to convince the committee that the dough should go to us. As I am in Ecuador at the moment, e-mail is the best way to reach me, it’s I do appreciate your taking the time to read this, and would love to hear from as many people as possible.

Lastly, do spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in knowing more or chatting with me about the project. Thank you so much again, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Also, if you’d like to know more about the potential funders of this project, check out or



Chet said...

Haiyoh, it's at times like this when I wish I were young again. But maybe I can start a group of senior citizen travellers?

Anonymous said...

More proof that the 30-50 age group is discriminated against :P

Liz Wong said...

To anonymous of Jan 25 6:38pm, here's a thought: Maybe the 30-50 group should take the initiative and start their own projects, instead of complaining that they are being left out of youth-started-projects for youth?
Surely all that wisdom and experience from growing older must be of some use...
(Sorry if I sound a little sore, it's just that I have my own little project only for youths, and I often hear bitter grouses from people from the 30-50 age group. They complain to me that that I should open it up to all ages, and that I should not exclude anyway. I'm like, "Why don't YOU start your OWN project? Why do you have to wait for someone else to do it?")

liz wong said...

whoops, typo: 'anyway' should be 'anyone'.

bibliobibuli said...

me agree

you want? hey, just do it!

Gallivanter said...

That leaves 29 year olds like me in a quandary. LOL. Hi, I'm Daniel and I love gallivanting in and out of Malaysia whenever I get the chance. I know that I don't qualify for this because of my prehistoric age, but if you decide to bend the rules, give me a holla! LOL. Would like to thank my friend who reads your blog - she told me about this and I'm interested to say the least! :-P

Sufian said...

"Maybe the 30-50 group should take the initiative and start their own projects, instead of complaining that they are being left out of youth-started-projects for youth? "

What? Take the initiative and not complain?

Man, as a 30-50 year old, I'm glad I'm leaving the planet in this state.

Take that you ungrateful curs!

bibliobibuli said...

gallivanter - prehistoric??? what does that make me - fossilized i suppose ...

but see once you get to 51 you have no problem with starting your own projects

Adriana said...

Hello! I didn´t include this in this version of the notice, but the age limits, and even citizenship restrictions as to who can participate (hey if you live here and think this is something you might want to participate in, who cares where your passport is from!) are flexible. Seriously, I mean the benefactors didn´t turn me away for not being a US citizen when submitting the proposal, so why should I do?

Adriana said...

Scrap the¨last "do" in my last post....I actually can write, and the book will be legible, promise!

Anonymous said...

Was not complaining. Just want to know why the age limit is there, whether or not it's flexible. Thanks.