The Way Home: The Isolated Emotional World of Former Leprosy Patients and their Descendants


Tan Ean Nee & Joshua Wong
2012. Published by author.
Softcover. 20.6cm x 14.6cm (English Edition)
21cm x 21.1cm (Chinese Edition
150+ black and white/colour photographs
ISBN 9789671067116


The Way Home is a careful, emotional, and deeply sympathetic attempt by two journalists to document both the horrors of Leprosy and the disease’s ongoing legacy. Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s Disease, has ostracized millions of people over the course of human civilisation, forcing them into the margins of society, separating them both spatially and socially from family and friends. Nowadays, the disease is treatable, but the scars remain prevalent in most Asian societies. Featuring interviews and photographs from effected individuals, their friends and their families, The Way Home provides deep insight into the struggles of those who suffered and are still suffering.

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Editorial Reviews

“After reading this book, I felt very sad and moved. I hope that one day, the children of leprosy patients will be able to find their biological parents… and never part again.” Lai Meng, Veteran Malaysian Actress

“This book carries a strong message that every policy concerning a human being’s segregation has to be conscientiously evaluated on moral grounds.” Lim Yong Long, Researcher of Malaysian Leprosy history

About the Authors

Tan Ean Nee graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia with a degree in Mass Communication. She was previously the newscaster for ntv7’s Mandarin news bulletin and the host of its Edisi Siasat Mandarin programme. She was also a producer for TV2’s documentary series Galeri Perdana Mandarin. Ean Nee is currently a freelance writer.

Joshua Wong has more than a decade’s worth of editorial experience in the newspaper and television industry. He was an assistant producer at a Hong Kong television station and worked as a journalist at the China Press and Sin Chew Yit Poh. Currently he is a faculty member of the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication at Shantou University in Guangdong, China.

Table of Contents

Preface: The End of One Thing is the Beginning of Another
Introduction: When Memories are Awakened, History Will Come Alive
Chapter 1: Marriage
Chapter 2: Yearning
Chapter 3: Separation
Chapter 4: Rejection and Acceptance
Chapter 5: In Search Of Our Roots
Chapter 6: Rebuilding
Appendix I
Appendix II
Photo Gallery

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Weight 600 g
Dimensions 22 × 16 × 3.0 cm

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