From jacket flap:
This anthology is the most comprehensive volume of Malaysian creative writing ever to appear, and it is also the first anthology of the non-Malay literatures of Malaya and Singapore, the product of immigrant peoples, who, some generations ago, came to these territories from China, India and Ceylon, and have now made their homes in these lands. Intrinsically Malaysian nationals, they comprise more than half the total population of Malaysia. malay is their national language, and Bazaar Melayu is their lingua franca, but they mainly write in Chinese, Tamil of English, a legacy of British colonialism. Few nations find themselves at such cultural cross-roads. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and atheists, all integral components of the Malaysian ethos, are commonly committed to pursue the nationalistic realisation of their new-found independence, whatever the motivations of their instinctively racial behaiour….In these pages, 22 Malaysian writers express their individuality, their awareness of their environment, and their innermost yearnings.