Bamboo band leads the Malaysia Day Parade at Ba’kelalan, Sarawak, 3,000 feet above sea level. Pic by Carolyn Hong. Carolyn blogs at http://footfringe.wordpress.com/
Every year, another wave of Malaysians moves away, drawn by school, work or love. Or for the freedom to be who they want to be. They go to Singapore, Australia, Europe and the US, and increasingly to less traditional destinations – China, Indonesia, South Africa.
And every year, a few swim against the tide and return.
This is a small attempt at stripping away the judgement, getting the diaspora talking.
After all, a Malaysian in Milan, Miami or….(fill in the blanks) is still a Malaysian at heart.