German Indology

Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at
Mon Feb 24 10:50:58 UTC 1997

On Sun, 23 Feb 1997, Lars Martin Fosse wrote:  

> But if you personally don't 
> want to be referred to as "the English scholar Dominik Wujastyk", 
> I can drop  the "English" bit in future publications. A lot of people
> will then probably assume that you are Polish.

Yes, please do drop "the English...".  Of course, like anyone, I would be
proud of the assumption of Polish nationality, but actually my sense of
national affinity is weak to the point of non-existence.  Most of my early
life was spent in Madeira, Lisbon, Khartoum, Malakal, Entebbe, and finally
Mgarr (a village in Malta).  I came to England for university, and I do
hold a British passport, it is true.  But my wife was born in Dar es
Salaam, her father in Shanghai, her mother in Sri Lanka, my sister-in-law
in Aden, my father in Lublin, my step-brother in Germany, my mother in
Kent, etc., etc.  Make of that what you will.  Although I like Britain
very much as a place to live and work, I've also had extremely enjoyable
sojurns in America, India, and Germany. 

Perhaps this background accounts for why I find this issue of "German" 
this, "French" that, and "English" the other so peculiar, and so
profoundly irrelevant. 

All the best,

Dominik Wujastyk               Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine
email: d.wujastyk at          183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, England
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