Bahasa: Malaysian Code Switching in Comics Form

I recently published a mini-comic for Malaysia's Independence Day (or Merdeka, as we natives call it), which can be read here. Besides the standard raw emotionality that has become a trademark of mine, it was my first attempt at code-switching and bilingualism in comics – a bilingualism that is key to the understanding of the story and emotionality of Bahasa, rather than a mere translation of one language into another. (more…)
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Happy Mid Autumn Festival & Friday the 13th

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History for Granted, or When a Marginal Voice Tackles The Main Text

Some of you may know I write historical fiction. Some of you may also know I've been chipping away on an Alexander the Great graphic novel. (Which this concept art is for) My role as a historical graphic novelist has been stewing in the back of my mind for a while now. Actually, the stewing began when I first thought of The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, but I already know my insights from that project. Be actively thoughtful. Be self aware of how your own biases and societal context influence your storytelling. Recognise the people before and around you. Use your power to bring up voices. Understand that the work of being a responsible author lasts beyond the final page of your story. (more…)
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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She creates the webcomics The World in Deeper Inspection, and The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya; the latter of which is the first Malaysian graphic novel to be Eisner-nominated.

Currently writing and drawing a whole bunch of stuff. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.

Melbourne / Kuala Lumpur

Appearances

Open Studios Penang
A Weekend of Comics and Illustration
TCM Book Launch
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Folks are putting together a new letter for 2020; in the meantime here's the Bahasa Malaysia version of the 2016 letter by Letters for Black Lives. I've tweaked it a bit for Malaysians residing in Malaysia. We must work to understand how anti-Blackness and racism exist here. 1/3

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pessimism is a tool of white supremacy. they don’t want you to be imaginative about a world free from genocide, wealth hoarding, patriarchy etc. in the moments you think revolution is impossible it’s important to remember that way thinking is inherently violent and supremacist

This is a very difficult conversation to have but one that's absolutely necessary.

Gangsterism is a common social issue associated with Malaysian Indians. Ask why?

It's because the LEVEL OF POVERTY among Malaysian Indians is at terrible levels. https://twitter.com/glitchbb/status/1267345753132785664

✧@glitchbb

Indians are NOT on the same boat with the Chinese in the fight against racism in Malaysia. I hate to be Ms. We-Have-It-Worse, but the Indians definitely have it worse.

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