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Shirley Geok-Lin Lim Karim Raslan Siew-Yue Killingley Cik Husna Azhari

List of Malaysian writers

Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

Was born in 1944 in Malacca, Malaysia. One of 5 children of a Hokkien Peranakan Family. (Baba and Nyonya) She endured a childhood powerfully shaped by deprivation poverty, parental violence and abandonment. The only daughter in the family. Her first poem was written and then published when she was ten.

Received early education at Infant Jesus Convent. Won a federal scholarship to UM and graduated with 1st class degree in English. Entered Brandais University in 1969 under Fulbright scholarship and received Ph.D in English.


Professor in the English DepartmentUniversity of California, Santa Barbara Also taught internationally 1. National Institute Education of Nanyang Technological University 2. National University of Singapore 3. University of Hong Kong- Chair professor

Fulbright Distinguished Lecture Award1996 American Book Award- 1987 & 1997 Asiaweek short story award- 1997


Memoir: Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian American Memoir of Homelands1996 Fiction: 1. Joss and Gold- 2001 2. Sister Swing- 2006 Critical books


and Literature: Englishlanguage Writing from the Philippines and Singapore-1993 2.Writing South/East Asia in English- 1994

the Peninsula and Other Poems- 1980 2.Another Country- 1982 3.Life's Mysteries- 1985 4.No Man's Grove and Other Poems- 1985 5.Modern Secrets: New and Selected Poems- 1989 6.Monsoon History- 1994 7.Two Dreams: New and Selected Stories1997 8.What the Fortune Teller Didn't Say- 1998 And many more

Books of poetry & short story


Mostly focus on culture and social criticism Most of her literary work is based on the culture and society of Baba and Nyonya. In shame, the story is about the cultural belief of Baba and Nyonya.


Karim Raslan

Born in 1966 at Assunta Hospital, Petaling Jaya One of 3 children of the mixture of Bugis and English. Endured childhood by the death of father and moving to England. The youngest brother in family.


Focuses more on gender Most of his literary work portrays on the power of women. A New Years Day Lunch in Kia Peng is about the life of a widow named Cik Bainun after the death of her husband


Siew-Yue Killingley

born in Kuala Lumpur on 17th December 1940. Born in Cantonese speaking family Move to England in 1968 educated at St. Mary's Girls' School (194757) Further study in University of Malaya & graduated in 1963 Studied in MA in Linguistics & graduated in 1966

Went on to study for a PhD in linguistics and phonetics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in year 1968 and received PhD in 1972. her career as teacher begins in 1961. Active in creative and performing arts. Had published research on English, Chinese & poetry. Died on 8th June 2004 when she was teaching two evening classes; Mandarin and Chinese caligraphy.

Focuses more on culture and social Her literary work is based on the culture and society on Indian community. Everythings Arranged is about the arrange marriage practices by Indian Society.


Cik husna azhari

Born on November 8, 1955 in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. Received degree at Tunku Kursiah College in 1973 Brunel University of West London in Polymer Technology in 1975 Received A Levels at Oxford College of Further Education in 1975.

was awarded a PhD in Response Engineering from Brunel University of West London in 1985 Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment & Director of the Centre for Corporate Planning and Communications at University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Her writing is generally set in Kelantan Her first English anthology, An Anthology of Kelantan Tales was published in 1992.

Focuses more on culture Her literary work is based on the culture of Malay community Of Bunga Telur and Bally Shoes is about the wedding ceremony practices by Malay society in traditional malay village.