Seksualiti Merdeka

Sorry I’ve been quiet for so long – the KL launch and Seksualiti Merdeka kind of tuckered me out. But in a good way!

Now I understand why Alfian and The Necessary Stage people love to go up there so much: because there’s this young, idealistic community of activists and intellectuals and artists who can’t afford to take for granted the values that Singaporeans are utterly blasé about: secularism, racial harmony, non-corruption, and the right to even heterosexual romance.

Unfortunately, I ended up with very bad photos of the event. That’s a washed-out, blurry shot from the hit cabaret Rainbow Massacre, for example, featuring Sheila and the Vodka Vulvas.

Here’s Thilaga, doing a simultaneously-illustrated presentation on the persecution of transgendered Malaysians by the law, as part of the lecture series “Even Educated Fleas Do It”.

Here’s Malaysia’s sexiest historian Farish Noor, displaying his collection of Peranakan lingerie.  (He teaches at NTU!)

And here’s our long-suffering publisher Fong Hoe Fang, selling copies of GASPP and Alfian Sa’at’s Asian Boys Trilogy!  They sold rather well (even though they cost almost twice as much as the Malaysian books).

I’m not going to post about the launch yet, because I want to make sure we have an okay to feature the faces of the editors of Orang Macam Kita, the Malaysian Malay language queer anthology that was launched at the same time as we were.

Meanwhile, I’m stoked for the Singapore launch!  Preparing for it on 29 Oct… Remember to come.  🙂

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alfian
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 23:21:21

    And some people think I go up to KL for the halal food and also just because I’m Malay. : /

    But it’s really the energy and the intellectual atmosphere and the people who do give a damn.

    I so am moving to KL within the next couple of years. Byebye Singapore!

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  2. amir muhammad
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 18:54:30

    Yish! The OMK editors’ identities are hardly a secret. They have each published in other books before, and they (like all the writers) use their real names.

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