The co-di­rec­tor of Rogue Art puts her own stylis­tic spin on pa­tri­o­tism.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Contents - By Bev­erly Yong

Bev­erly Yong of Rogue Art’s stylish pa­tri­o­tism

… READ MALAYSIAN. Apart from our prizewin­ning nov­el­ists Tash Aw and Tan Twan Eng, there’s plenty of lo­cal-grown fare to choose from. I found 21 Im­mor­tals: In­spec­tor Mis­lan and the Yee Sang Mur­ders by ex-po­lice of­fi­cer Ro­zlan Mohd Noor a romp of a read. A poem a day, by Lat­iff Mo­hidin, say, can pro­vide a much-needed pause in our in­for­ma­tion-over­loaded daily life.

… COOK LIKE GRAN. In my eyes there’s no bet­ter chicken curry than the one my Popo (grand­mother) used to make. Happily, she passed down the recipe for her curry rem­pah. It goes with­out say­ing that food is what keeps us most rooted as Malaysians.

... WEAR NATIONAL DRESS. In Malaysia, we’re lucky that that can mean any­thing from baju ke­baya to a sari. For me, there’s noth­ing as won­der­fully sim­ple as a cheongsam for al­most any oc­ca­sion. Dani Leong of Chee Kong tai­lor at Kom­pleks Se­lan­gor learnt his art from his grand­fa­ther and the gen­er­a­tions of care and ex­pe­ri­ence show in his work. Off the rack, there’s Ang Eng at Suria KLCC, who re­tains two or three lo­cal cheongsam sifu, and also makes ny­onya ke­baya.

… EX­PLORE OUR HIS­TORY. I came back from the UK about 15 years ago, and I’m still learn­ing new facts and twists to this fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory all the time.

… CUTI- CUTI MALAYSIA. Dis­cover a state you’ve never been to or haven’t vis­ited in a while. If you’re a KL-dweller like me, you’re likely out of touch with the rest of the coun­try.

… USE A LO­CAL APP. I’ve just dis­cov­ered My Teksi So Seksi (and it is). No more frus­trated queu­ing on the phone or hail­ing a taxi in the rain.

... SUP­PORT THE ARTS SCENE WE HAVE HERE. It’s some­thing that be­longs to all of us, and some­thing that should be in­vested in, and I’m not just say­ing that be­cause I work in the field. For the past 15 years, I’ve drawn in­spi­ra­tion from the work and ded­i­ca­tion of the artists and art work­ers I’ve had the priv­i­lege of com­ing to know.

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