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“Finding Myself in Borneo:” Teaching and travelling in Malaysia

Video presentation by author Neill McKee in Kitchener, Ontario, summer of 2019.

Neill McKee—writer, filmmaker and media producer—chronicles his years as a CUSO volunteer fresh out of college (1968–70) and later as a program administrator (1973–74) in Sabah, Malaysia (North Borneo). He learns the craft of teaching, the Malay language an local customs, and gains many friends in Kota Belud, a small community. He sojourns by motorcycle through lush, inspiring landscapes and climbs the highest peak in Southeast Asia, Mt. Kinabalu; but also experiences the region's dark side. In addition, McKee witnesses the beginnings of destructive deforestation for the palm oil industry in Borneo. His travels through unfamiliar, vibrant Asian cultures ultimately shaped his life and his career in filmmaking and communication for social change.

More of Neill Mckee's adventures and reflections of a life abroad can be found in his memoir, Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah, a finalist for a 2019 NM–AZ book award.

Available in paperback and ebook (in color).

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