Welcome Home: Lessons in Saying Goodbye – S$22.00

“Leaving, according to the familiar political narrative, was a sign that someone was giving up on their country or wasn’t proud of his or her identity. Those who decided to emigrate were pigeonholed as dissidents. This stereotype was not only inaccurate, but made us one-dimensional in our apparent single-mindedness to leave behind a country we supposedly felt was no longer good enough.” Migration is a sensitive topic, especially for over one million Malaysians who choose to venture abroad. The act of leaving their own lives behind is fraught with challenges, ranging from loneliness to the elusive search for a better quality of life. But at the heart of their actions is the fact that their lives and identities are never going to be the same. In veteran journalist Julia Yeow’s book, her departure for Australia becomes a series of lessons about the personal and political aspects of leaving. Deeply personal and fiercely observant, Welcome Home is a book for an age of intolerance and new boundaries.

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  • Title: Welcome Home: Lessons in Saying Goodbye
  • Author: Julia Yeow
  • ISBN: 9789670311487
  • Book Size: 130mm x 190mm
  • Weight: 190g
  • No. of pages: 126p
  • Price: S$22.00 (before tax)
  • Year: 2020
  • Finish: Paperback
  • Published by: Gerakbudaya
  • Printing: B/W
  • Genre: Memoir

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Weight 190 g
Dimensions 13.0 × 19.0 cm


Established in 2000, and nominated for 2020’s Prix Voltaire, Gerakbudaya is a publisher and distributor of books that embody social awareness, critical and alternative perspectives, and the hidden histories of Malaysia, Southeast Asia and the wider world we live in.

Gerakbudaya is dedicated to the circulation of timely and important books, to breaking down artificial barriers between writers/thinkers and between institutions and the outside world, and generating informed discussions on important issues in Malaysian life by providing different views and fresh insights.

As a publisher, alongside our academic imprint Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD), we are committed to publishing original and thought provoking books which produce a critical awareness of Malaysian politics, history, culture and society.

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