Literature of Malaysia Week10. BBL4306. Shirley Geok -Lin Lim & Muhammad haji salleh. Biography. Shirley Geok -Lin Lim. Epigraph.
The dominant imprint I have carried with me since birth was of a Malaysian homeland. It has been an imperative for me a longer time to leave home than most immigrants.
To give up the struggle for a memoralised homeland may be the most forgiving act I can do…
In California, I am beginning to write stories about America, as well as about Malaysia. Listening and telling my own stories, I am moving home. – Shirley Lim Geok-lin, Among the White Moon Faces (1996, 347-348)
Shirley Lim was born in December in 1944 in Malacca, Malaysia into a middle-class family of an English-educated father in colonial Malaya.
Revision then, is renewal, the adjustment of perspective, senses given their edges and language tasted in its more profound salt.
-Muhammad Haji Salleh’sforewardin Time and Its People
Muhammad Haji Salleh was born in a small rubber plantation village called Termerloh, which is close to Taiping, in 1942, during the Japanese Occupation of Malaya.
In 1970, he completed his Master’s degree from University of Malaya, Malaysia and three years later received his PhD from the University of Michigan on a comparative reading of Malay and Indonesian poetry.