Who We Are
Eddin Khoo – Founder – Director
Eddin Khoo is a poet, writer, translator and journalist.
He was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1969, studied Politics at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he was a British High Commissioner’s-Chevening scholar, graduating with distinction.
Following a tenure as an arts and culture journalist with the Sunday Star ~ Malaysia’s leading English language weekly ~ he founded the cultural centre Pusaka and the publishing house, Kala, which devotes itself to publishing literary translations from the world’s languages into Malay.
Eddin Khoo has worked intimately with some of Malaysia’s leading traditional artists including shadow puppeteers, musicians, dramatists and dancers. He has focused principally on the state of Kelantan, researching aspects of oral transmission, cultural and religious politics and aspects of ritual in traditional theatre. He is also an apprentice shadow puppeteer and was a student to the renowned puppeteer, the late Dalang Abdullah Ibrahim, better known as Dollah Baju Merah.
Among his publications is a book of selected writings by the Malaysian artist and critic Ismail Zain, Intermediations: Selected Writings on Art, co-edited with the art historian T.K Sabapathy and a book on traditional Malay Wood Carving, The Spirit of Wood, co-authored with the historian Farish Noor, as well as a translation of poems into Malay, Sajak-Sajak by the American poet Christopher Merrill. He collaborated with Ibrahim Hussein to complete the acclaimed Malaysian artist’s autobiography, titled Ib: A Life.
Eddin Khoo is also a regular contributor of comment and opinion to various international newspapers, journals and magazines and is Southeast Asia correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Late Night Live Program.
In recognition of his work in culture, Eddin Khoo was selected as one of Digi Telecommunications Amazing Malaysians in 2006 and as one of the Asians of the Year 2006 by the Channel News Asia, Singapore.
Eddin Khoo divides his time between Kuala Lumpur, London and the northeast Malaysian state of Kelantan.
Pauline Fan – Managing Director
Pauline Fan is a writer, literary translator, and Managing Director of the cultural heritage organisation, PUSAKA. She studied East Asian History, Literature and Philosophy at New York University and holds a Masters in German Literature from Oxford University. She has translated several books from German to Malay, including Dendang Cinta (2006) by Bertolt Brecht, Apa itu Pencerahan (2006) by Immanuel Kant and Nathan yang Bijak (2007) by G.E. Lessing, as well as several stories by Franz Kafka. Pauline is currently translating the selected poetry of Paul Celan and George Szirtes into Malay. She has also edited several books, including a tribute to her late father, entitled The Sweet Rebel: Remembering Fan Yew Teng (2012). With Hafiz Hamzah and Eddin Khoo, she was co-editor of Obscura: Merapat Renggang (2013), the inaugural issue of a Malay-language literary journal. Since 2002, Pauline has worked to establish and co-direct PUSAKA, an organisation dedicated to researching, documenting and supporting the viability of the traditional performing arts in Malaysia. Pauline contributes regular articles on cultural heritage to the New Straits Times and writes columns for Malaysiakini BM and Malay Mail Online. In 2015, Pauline was appointed as the Malaysian curator for Lyrikline.org, a Berlin-based international poetry network and archive.