Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

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Paul Sochaczewski

Paul Spencer Sochaczewski (born August 1, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American-French writer, writing coach, conservationist and communications advisor to international non-governmental organizations. He lives in Geneva, Switzerland, and has lived and worked in more than 80 countries, including long stints in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

In 1992, Sochacazewski changed his name from Paul Spencer Wachtel to Paul Spencer Sochaczewski; he wrote about the name change for an article in the International Herald Tribune.[1]

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Sochaczewski is particularly interested in Asian stories that defy western Cartesian logic. He writes about the love affair between the Sultan of Yogyakarta (Java) and the mystical Mermaid Queen.[2] His books and articles have exposed the cultural genocide of the Penan people of Sarawak, Malaysia.[3]


  1. ^ Sochaczewski, Paul Spencer (23 March 1994). "Aunt Sarah Rather Liked Her Real Childhood Name". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  2. ^ Sochaczewski, Paul Spencer (14 June 1994). "A True Javanese Fairy Tale:The Sultan and the Mermaid". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  3. ^ Sochaczewski, Paul Spencer. "A Tribal Struggle to Preserve What's Left of a Borneo Forest". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.

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