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Presenters: Alfian Sa’at, Jeremy Tiang, Sheela Jane Menon (Dickinson College), and E.K. Tan (Stony Brook University); Moderated by Jini Kim Watson (NYU)

What are the debates surrounding the writing and translation of literature in multi-lingual Malaysia and Singapore, two countries closely linked through history and geography? How do these debates inform actual and specific translation practices and texts? Scholars of Southeast Asian literature Jane Sheela Menon (Dickinson College) and E.K. Tan (Stony Brook University) will speak on the linguistic, nationalist, and diasporic contexts of writing and translating literature in this region, while acclaimed writers-translators Alfian Sa’at and Jeremy Tiang will read and discuss their translation of the novels of Isa Kamari and Wong Yoon Wah respectively. Part of the 2nd Singapore Literature Festival in NYC, this panel brings together scholars and writers to interrogate questions of linguistic and cultural boundaries.