English is a useful language to learn as a second or third language. It is the de facto international common language. Knowledge of English allows access to a wide body of works: written and spoken, modern and classical, direct and translated. It also aids in communicating with others internationally, in picking up nuances. Watch as students of Dharma Kusuma ('the flower of conduct'), a school located in Cianjur, a town south of Jakarta, cover Price Tag.
Speaking of translation, one of the curators for this year's George Town Literary Festival is Pauline Fan, who translated the works of Bertolt Brecht ('food first, then ethics'), Immanuel Kant ('the busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live'), Rainer Maria Rilke ('the purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things') and Paul Celan ('read all the time, the understanding will come by itself') from German to Malay. Happening Nov 26-29, 2020 online.