“I want to live other lives. I’ve never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Writing is my way of making other chances.” —Anne Tyler


I’m a freelance writer, researcher and photographer covering stories on culture, society and place. I’m usually based in Kuala Lumpur, but I spend some time in London and travel wherever a story or an adventure beckons.

I write reported, explanatory and narrative features, as well as travel guides and blogs—some of which have been published at CNN, Slate, Roads and Kingdoms, Esquire Malaysia, and The Malaysian Insider, among others.

I’m also a researcher on a series of historical documentaries about Malaysia’s struggle for nationhood, produced by Rack Focus Films in Kuala Lumpur. The first, Journey to Independence, covers the years 1941-1957 and was broadcast on the History Asia channel in September 2016. The second, Formation of Malaysia, covers the years 1957 to 1965 and was broadcast in September 2017. More are forthcoming.

English is my first language, and I’m conversationally fluent in Malay and Mandarin Chinese. I also picked up Spanish while spending a year and a half in Latin America and am fluent enough to conduct vox pop interviews.

My academic background: I hold a Bachelor of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master of Laws from the City Law School. I also studied short courses in post-World War Two history and international relations.

I'm currently available for commissions. Please email emydeewrites@gmail.com or send me a WhatsApp message at +6012 5833 863


Previous Writing & Editing Work

I’ve had more than five years of professional experience writing news and features.

I’ve done internships at The Star (Malaysia’s highest-circulating English daily) and The Guardian; and later, a stint at The Malaysian Insider (a now-defunct leading online news outfit, replaced by The Malaysian Insight) covering the 2013 Malaysian general elections. Most recently, I was the Associate Editor and Books Columnist at Esquire Malaysia, for which I’ve also written news, cultural and personality features.

I’ve also written travel blogs and guides for the likes of Tripadvisor and Expedia, and provided copywriting and translating services to other publications and companies.

Early experiments include a time at Ogilvy Malaysia as a copywriter and at Litro, a London-based literary magazine, as Online Editor.

Previous Research Work

In 2016, I assisted in the research for an in-progress Malaysian feature film set during the Japanese invasion of Malaya in WWII, focusing on the Malayan Volunteer Air Force and the British and Japanese military forces.

In 2010-11, I helped in researching a background paper outlining the UK’s approach to anti-terror legislation for the Malaysian Bar Council Human Rights Committee, to provide a comparative analysis for the Malaysian government. That same year, I also wrote my masters thesis on the practice of sharia law in the UK.



"I like to follow Jan Morris’s line and think of myself not as a 'travel writer', but rather a writer who travels. It’s a compulsion, like a tic, like a bad habit. Stories of human nature are linked with pathologies of places." —Suzanne Joinson


 

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