These are stories inspired and informed by my ethnographic work in Malaysia. The characters, communities and places in these writings are not, by themselves, ‘real’, but the stories are drawn from actual people and places.

These narratives are stubborn. They don’t conform, they are inexplicable, they are difficult. They are not meant to be ‘fixed’. They are not problems to be ‘solved’. They are not going to go away. The lives and stories of displaced migrants and communities in Malaysia, like in many other places, are not unfortunate accidents or tragedies – they are very much products of a global system of dispossession meant to create material and human waste, to be exploited further and further till there is nothing left but ghosts.

These are stories of some of those ghosts.