Institutional Recognition

I will confess that I've always had the desire to be recognised by an Institution: schools, libraries, museums, universities, you know. Buildings. Bodies. I want my books to be analysed and mined formally, to bridge the gap between the public and institutions, to educate, to inspire joy in learning. I love the world. I love the platonic ideal of academia: to chase a subject wholeheartedly, to share and introduce to outsiders the joy and madness and wonder that comes from seeing something unexpected in a different way, to find interdisciplinary solidarity in fellow nerds. Though I've officially left academia to pursue a career that more aligns with my way of storytelling, of learning and teaching, I'm still a scholar at heart. I want to be a part of this network, because it is where I feel most at home in.

And yet recently I was reminded of the Reason why I left academia, and it's forced me to reconsider my desire to be Institutionally Recognised, if it's even worth it.

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Reimena Yee talks about political action

Politically Around

For the past few months I have been thinking about my political role as an artist. It is very strange to be at the point (both maturity and career-wise) when I must assert my intention as a person who tells stories and produces images/words for the world at large. I believe words and images have meaning, therefore they have impact. But what does impact mean on my own terms? (more…)
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Relatable is Not Empathy (Thoughts on Empathy as a Writer)

One of the guiding principles of my storytelling is empathy – empathy as both the creative factor and the takeaway. It's a hot topic in publishing nowadays: everyone talks about how books are key to helping one understand or see others in this world, how one can see the other is just "a person like them". This is all very important and a goal worth pursuing, and I do see it as part of my responsibility as a writer. Yet I think I operate from a different conception of what empathy is, as a writer and reader. This is what today's post is about. (more…)
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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

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Going through an art reference book from the 15th century to select an alphabet initial to sample in my graphic novel/modern illuminated manuscript is giving me emotions :’) I’m using the book the way it was meant to 600 years later, how WILD is that!!

Malaysians should enrich our conversations about Israel & Palestine from purely theological to colonial occupation, human rights & dignity. So, we can apply the same justice & empathy in our own context in regard to orang asli, refugees, religious minorities & LGBT community.

Do you like stories about friendship, ghosts, and growing up? Then check out this juvenile graphic novel: SΓ©ance Tea Party. It follows Lora as she discovers just how bittersweet getting older really is. #OCLSReads

Link to borrow: https://iii.ocls.info/record=b2295943~S1

Mah Meri residents should not be further displaced, much less for tourism in Sepang. Stop treating indigenous people as obstacles.

Malaysians are in the middle of protesting the violence and settler colonialism by Israel against Palestine. Please bring that energy back home too. https://twitter.com/msianinsight/status/1392978368279113732

TheMalaysianInsight@msianinsight

Orang Asli Mah Meri diminta kosongkan tanah untuk projek pelancongan https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/bahasa/s/315232?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=msianinsight

I just think it’s rad that comics as a medium inherently present time *as* spaceβ€”time and space not as different dimensions but as different facets of the same thing. Every page is a unit of chronology-as-geography. How can anyone not get immensely excited thinking about this?

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