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For this first issue, we’re all about Malaysians making waves internationally, so let’s start it off with the beautiful young women of the Seri Puteri Symphonic Winds, an all-girl wind band from the Sekolah Seri Puteri in Cyberjaya.

2 days ago my #Malaysian girls from Sekolah Seri Puteri #seriputeriwinds made my country proud by winning the Gold Award at the Los Angeles International Music Festival #waltdisneyhall. I cant even express how proud I was watching them perform.. the whole time I was just shaking my head like damn- what was I doing when I was 16/17?? Brilliant performance I was blown away, you all sounded amazing in the Walt Disney Hall! Im so proud! Well done girls! Just know that you proved so much more than being amazing musicians. My love to students, teachers and parents of Seri Puteri school.. This performance means a lot to me & to muslim girls all around the world. Rilek je perform kat LA terer gile mcm ni!!! Bangga!! #muslimgirlsinmusic #malaysia

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Catching the eyes of Malaysian icon Yuna, the girls didn’t even break a sweat, bagging the gold award at the Los Angeles International Music Festival! They certainly put the “win” in “wind” and made us more than proud. You go, girls!


From the fast lanes of L.A. to the high streets of New York, Kota Kinabalu native Yee I-Lann has got “FINE” written all over her art as she flies a Southeast Asian ghost -the pontianak – across the world for her exhibition “Like the Banana Tree at the Gate” at the Tyler Rollins Fine Art gallery in New York, using the scary yet sensual supernatural as a feminist icon.

‘Santai’, 2016. Medium: Giclee print on Hahnemühle PhotoRag (right) paper. — Picture by Yee I-Lann, taken from malaymailonline.com

From her website, “Yee I-Lann (b. 1971, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia) lives and works in Kuala Lumpur. Her primarily photomedia-based practice speculates on issues of culture, power and the role of historical memory in our social experience. I-Lann also works as a production designer for feature films.”

A strong character with strong messages to send, Yee’s artwork is powerful and important, especially in Southeast Asian countries where female empowerment is still looked down upon. Her exhibition takes a closer look at our conservative and traditional views regarding gender roles, investigating the relationship between patriarchal beliefs that still exist to this day and its existence in our cultural traditions.

You can read more about Yee and her exhibition here!


Nearby at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the SVA Theater, the New York Asian Film Festival‘s usual list of polished and high-budget films from Japan, South Korea and the Chinese-language cinemas of Hong Kong, China and Taiwan gets a little shaken by some Southeast Asian flavours, including Malaysia.

Representing the colourful flavours of Malaysia this year is Shanjhey Kumar Perumal’s “Jagat”, an earnest and moving film about a young Indian boy’s plight in the 90’s between satisfying his angry, education-obsessed father and emulating his uncle, a neophyte thug who seems to be playing out the poses of the television gangster dramas the boy consumes.

You can read more about the other movies, as well as the film festival here!


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