This body of work represents the last four years of my writing. Like Seen and unseen: a century of stories from Asia and the Pacific, it delves into the past. So, it is not confined to the last four years.
Living in Singapore presents an opportunity for reflection from a vantage point, a globalised space on the margin of the Asian continent. It also provides an excellent view of the south, to Nusantara, Melanesia and my own continent. Being here has also given new perspectives on New Zealand, particularly its connections with the Malayo-Polynesian languages of this region. Also from here, the ‘Old World’ is more accessible so the stories also drift into encounters with some of the foundational features of my own source culture.
This is a growing body of work. It’s not all that I’ve written but what I feel are some of the more important observations I’ve been able to make.
These observations come from the perspective of someone who has now spent the major part of 23 years living outside the borders of his own country, Australia.
These draw on the experience gathered beyond those borders and seek a new synthesis.