You've seen publishers and even agents opening offices in China ... but they seem to have ignored places like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. ... Obviously, the interest in Asian writing helps somebody like me, but we sort of feel we're on the edge, the outskirts ... A lot of the publishers have no real awareness of Southeast Asia.He also said that :
... other domestic factors were inhibiting writers in his native Malaysia, including the lack of government support, ethnic tensions and censorship. ... The political situation in Malaysia makes it difficult to write about a lot of things because it's such a multiracial country. You have to be really sensitive to what you say.And about his nomination for the Booker :
There was a sense of nationalist pride. I was very happy that I could say yes, I'm a Malaysian and on the longlist.A sense of pride of course for us too.
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