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Published by Tshiung Han See
The zeroth issue of the New Village zine.
The zeroth issue of the New Village zine.

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Published by: Tshiung Han See on Jul 27, 2011
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New Village
It asks a question you do not know the answer to,until you enter. The mystery - it is found in yourmovement through it, the backdrop to so manyuncertainties, inevitabilities.
Editor’s note 3
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Issue #0 July 2011EDIORSshiung Han SeeShivani Siva Adele MinkeDESIGN an Ray at CONRIBUORS Azzie KhaliqCatalina Rembuyanan Ray at Shahril NizamKuning Pening LOGO Andrew  CrumCOVER PHOOFairuz SulaimanPHOOS Adele Minke (p. 12)eng Quan Zhin (pp. 6, 21)Fairuz Sulaiman (p. 29)newvillages.tumblr.comnewvillagezine@gmail.com
New Village
he poet Wong Phui Nam said the Malaysian poet is ucked. Tatis, the poet has to nd his own voice, and the search alienates himrom the Malaysian reader. Te English language is a poor t orMalaysian experience, Phui Nam says, no matter how deeply the poetexplores it.Tat’s beautiul, yet bullshit. One o the roles o language is toexpress what is unspeakable and the volume o unspeakable things grows atthe edges o language. Here, I’m thinking o how dicult it is to empathizewith someone who speaks a dierent language than you. Tere have beeneorts to t English to the Malaysian experience, like Ee iang Hong’sEngmalchin, but they have died out. And there are even bigger problemswith this claim. Is there any culture English is suited or?Te constant striving to t language to experience is the role o literature. Discussions, critical and public, oster literature. Te governmentbuilt up the National Laureates program and let their works go out o printdecades later.We have lost our appreciation o critical thinking. A piece o writingmust be judged by the ideas it expresses, aer all. I am accustomed toresponding emotionally to the newspapers, but that response has given way to apathy. I suspect I am not the only one.Tese are not problems, they are opportunities. We are a youngcountry and we need to recover a love o critical thought and crasmanship.I we never had it in the rst place, let’s take a shot at loving those things.Tis is why we started New Village.
- Tshiung Han See,Editor 

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I'm slowly making my way through it. I've read the first story and stared at the poem. They are really rich, although I'm still learning to appreciate this type of literature--deep, well-crafted sentences and paragraphs but very abstract plots. I don't quite know what to think of the poem! But thanks for adding this richness to my reading!
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