Nazi Goreng– A hard-hitting and entertaining story of a racialised Malaysia

By Julia Tan, Marco Ferrarese

February 2014 FEATURE
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Hitchhiking in Kyrgyzstan.
Marco Ferrarese is an animated fellow. The author of the controversially titled but highly entertaining and painfully truthful Nazi Goreng exudes high-octane energy, and the fact that he is also a punk-metal musician might explain why. He hails from a small town in Italy called Voghera, which is situated 60km south of Milan. “It’s an industrial town and there’s not much to do there,” he says. So, he turned to music. “I started playing music when I was 12, and...

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Julia Tan

went to primary and secondary school at Convent Pulau Tikus before continuing sixth form at St. Xavier’s Institution; any other school was out of the question. She misses the fried rice at the school canteen, and laments the passing of the wan tan mee lady.

Marco Ferrarese

is a musician, author and travel writer. He has written about overland travel and extreme music in Asia, and blogs at He also curates the Penang Insider, the smart guide for traveling and living in Penang, at His latest book, The Travels of Marco Yolo, is available in bookstores. Follow him on Twitter @monkeyrockworld.