The Great Affair

Letters by, and conversations with, friends, acquaintances, and familiar strangers about how they make sense of the world and their place in it.

A Syrian refugee journalist in Malaysia on piecing together a life for himself in exile in Kuala Lumpur, and reconciling his feelings for his homeland.
From Cambodia, an American journalist on the stateless Vietnamese forced by environmental degradation to leave their floating homes on the Tonle Sap…
An acquaintance from my early backpacking days talks about everything that has taken him to his new home along Italy’s Via Francigena.
An Indian journalist on how conflicted she felt when she considered donating part of her liver to her father, in a country where women face social…
A Japanese essayist on negotiating deep-rooted traditions and her own wayward path, and how this shaped her relationship with her father.
Weaving between past and present, vignettes from a life at sea about solitude and friendship by a Malaysian writer who once taught English on cruise…
An Australian activist-journalist on being deported and banned from Indonesia, where she had built a life, and reconciling her feelings for her home…
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