They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and in the case of Young and Malay: Growing up in Multicultural Malaysia, I couldn’t agree more. The spunky black and white drawing (etched by the sharp pencil of Fahmi Reza) of a shaggy rocker type wrapped in a leather jacket, with the eyes blocked by a Never mind the bollocksstyle stripe, is immediately attractive; it promises a much-needed, no-frills view into what it means to negotiate one of the three key contemporary Malaysian identities.
Even without opening his lips, the punk haired, sexy thug on the cover commands our full attention.
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