We were the first generation of Malaysians who grew up in a state of peace, and for whom higher education was a given: a huge number of us had the added luxury of being educated abroad. ... I look at the names of my email contact list and see people who now occupy lofty positions in investment banks and accounting firms in KL and elsewhere. And yet, in those moments of quiet and solitude, just before we turn our lights out at night, we might ask ourselves one question: what exactly have we achieved in our lives—for ourselves and for Malaysia?On Eric's blog Tash Aw talks to his Malaysian readers about the importance of giving something back. The piece was written for Merdeka. (Sorry I'm just late finding it and blogging it.)
Methinks Tash has given us plenty, just by beating the odds and becoming a great success in a field where few make it, and then by encouraging the rest of us to read, to write, and get published.