Archive - Jul 20, 2007
Submitted by Lynn Lau on July 20, 2007 - 09:47
Yes, I felt a bit of pride when it was announced earlier this year that the ALAâ€™s best books for young adults for 2007 included Latâ€™s Kampung Boy. This American edition debuted last year, but the comic itself isnâ€™t new by any means. Kampung Boy was first published in its original Malay in 1979, with its local English version following swiftly after. Regardless of the thirteen editions itâ€™s undergone since, the comic retains a quaint timelessness, combining youthful wonder with a bit of nostalgia.
I was thinking about this in terms of another one of Latâ€™s comics, which invokes nostalgia on a different level. On my last trip home, Iâ€™d grabbed the family copy of Mat Som before it could get swallowed by my parentsâ€™ moving boxes (I have since smuggled it with me across the ocean, mwahaha).