May 15th, 12.00pm noon (MYT) / 8.00pm (PST) – 1.5 hours
William Tham (Malaysia), Okky Madasari (Indonesia), Melissa De Silva (Singapore), & Danton Remoto (Philippines)
Moderated by Vincent Ternida
An ancient Javanese word, Nusantara means "outer islands” referring to the islands outside of Java under hegemony of the Majapahit Empire. The history of this word and region transcends both Western neologisms and national borders, and includes the sphere of influence of related cultural and linguistic islands stretching from Sumatra to Luzon. At the same time, the culture and history of this region have been shaped by the forces of colonialism and immigration, both of which sometimes operate in tandem, leading to both complications and new possibilities. Showcasing writers from across this region, this session highlights the diversity of Asian literary traditions.