... the longing to travel was there and I wanted a job that allowed me to factor in travelling. Writing has worked that way for me. It also forces me to observe a country a bit more closely than I might otherwise. ... I longed to have a different experience and tap into people with different cultural roots.Malaysia-based New Yorker Ioannis Gatsiounis is interviewed in Starmag by Sandra Low about his journalism and his books : Beyond The Veneer and Velvet & Cinder Blocks.
He talks about how he broke into journalism in Malaysia - and can you imagine, he couldn't even afford a handphone when he started and used to use a payphone at KL Sentral to do his interviews! There's dedication.
And he claims to be a 'temporary resident" here, but uses the all important "we" when he talks about the country, so I can't see him leaving any time soon.
Ioannis blogs here.