Monday, March 28, 2005

Derek Walcott in Taiwan: "English language is my linguistic heritage, not my political heritage. And the language I use is a great language, a great language of poetry. My identity does not depend on the language I use. People cannot say because I use English I am a traitor to the Caribbean.... To speak two languages for me is a resource rather than a conflict."

Professor His Mi, the organizer of yesterday's forum, also disclosed that China and Cuba had both invited Walcott to visit while [sic], but the prolific writer rejected both invites saying he would not attend functions in a country ruled by an authoritarian regime.

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