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“Do not forget to treasure the journey when reaching for a destination.”




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NEW BOOK: My Life as a Squint-Eyed Chink

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Autobiography — 351 pages including: 6 pages of pictures & 8 pages of endnotes.

On the death of his eccentric soprano mother, Zak finds himself on a plane to rendezvous with siblings he hasn't seen in decades, the entire trip culminating in a black comedy at her funeral. He begins unearthing a past he didn't know he had, learning the truth about his parents' secretive lives.

My Life as a Squint-Eyed Chink reads like a psychological thriller or mystery novel — only the story that it tells is true. Unique insights into the human condition, fascinating vignettes from mid-20th-century China, and uncommon sanity amidst maddening events characterize this poignant, thought-provoking and beautifully written tale of a Brit forced to adapt to finding himself ‘not looking English.’ In pages filled with both gritty facts and almost-lyrical prose punctuated with wry humor, you walk with Zak, the journeyman, as he learns what it is like to bridge several different worlds with all their allure, beauty, pain and mystery; to survive the most unsettling of situations; to find sense in a baffling, sometimes terrible, past and setting out on the ultimate quest to put all the pieces together and find out who you truly are.

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Born in England and based in Stockholm, Sweden since 1988, Zak divides his time between his very separate worlds of being a Musician (multi-genre free-lance guitarist), Technology Consultant (software development, website management, HCI, UCD, Usability, SEO, etc.), Writer (research articles, educational materials, non-fiction, editing services), Translator (for companies listed on the NASDAQ OMX), Traveler (escapist & curious by nature; fan of interpersonal, cultural exchanges in faraway places) and Volunteer (abuse recovery, fundraising, community services)...

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show/hide this section is about things that matter to me, Zak smiley It was launched on Nov. 26, 2008, but due to the fact that I lead a rather busy life, parts of it are still under construction. My original idea was to use the site to demonstrate my skills in creating a clean 'n' lean, robust, secure, interactive and standards-compliant web interface with up-to-date technological know-how behind it. I'm responsible for what you can and can't see—every dot and pixel of the front-end design, as well as the back-end scripts that dynamically generate these pages, such as perl, PHP, databases, server scripts and CMS (content-management software), etc. All my scripts are custom-designed—I don't use out-of-a-can freeware. Many of my creative designs were a first on the world-wide web, but as the cliché about the perpetually changing Internet goes: you can only be the “first” for six months at best. If you happen to like what you do see, I'm available for hire as a site designer and software architect. For further information:

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Any connections with Christopher Keith?


Jul 30, '16Zak & FrenzVärmdö, Sweden
Jul 23, '16Zak & FrenzVärmdö, Sweden
Jul 16, '16Zak & FrenzVärmdö, Sweden
Jul 09, '16Zak & FrenzVärmdö, Sweden
Jul 02, '16Zak & FrenzVärmdö, Sweden
Jun 30, '16Voice Of SoulStockholm
Jun 18, '16Blues Jam houseband (14:00-19:00)Stampen, Stockholm
Jun 02, '16Louise Palmstierna BandLiljeholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
Apr 01-02, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Mar 30-31, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Mar 23-27, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Mar 16-20, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Mar 09-13, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Mar 02-06, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Feb 24-28, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Feb 17-21, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Feb 10-14, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Feb 03-07, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Jan 27-31, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Jan 20-24, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Jan 13-17, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Jan 06-10, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Jan 01-03, '16Ilhem Khodga Jazz Quartet-
Dec 31, '15Ilhem Khodga Jazz Trio-
Dec 23, '15Pit BandCancelled
Dec 22, '15Pit BandCancelled
Dec 09, '15Zak solo performance-
Dec 07, '15Pit Band-
Nov 28, '15Duo with Ilhem Khodga-
Nov 20, '15Kiralina and FriendsStockholm
Nov 20, '15Afterwork Jazz (17:00-19:30)Stampen, Stockholm
Nov 14, '15MC Soul UnitStockholm
Oct 06, '15Wirströms Jam house bandStockholm
Sep 11, '15Afterwork Jazz (17:00-19:30)Stampen, Stockholm
Aug 29, '15Band of Brothers feat Dan GraneroVärmdö, Stockholm
Aug 28, '15Afterwork Jazz (17:00-19:30)Stampen, Stockholm
Jul 30, '15Jazz and Gospel with Andreas Aleman & Louise PalstiernaVärmdö, Sweden
Jun 20, '15TBAAtlanta, USA
Jun 01-02, '15London Soul SectionBaltic Sea
May 20-31, '15London Soul SectionBaltic Sea
Zak Keith in concert

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