Imagining Brunei: Miguel Syjuco’s “Ilustrado”

Just a quick post to flag up another mention of Brunei in fiction – this time in Miguel Syjuco’s Man Asian-winning Ilustrado. Throwaway references, as in David Mitchell’s Slade House.  

In the first reference, on pg 97, Brunei is referenced in the same sentence as Saudi, as a destination for domestic helpers from the Philippines. Interesting comparison here – small, oil-rich Muslim kingdoms.

In the 2nd reference, on pg 118, “the larger home of the Sultan of Brunei’s brother’s Filipina mistress” is part of the Makati setting, placed in the same area as the expatriate, affluent elite – the polo club, the American ambassador’s residence.

Imagined Brunei – the lookout continues!

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