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27 Mar 2017
Compliment for Sing Chu Literature Talk Chapter 3

星衢文学讲座:第三章 - 观众感言 文: 郑翠红 尊敬的周星衢基金,很感动你们一直的坚持,也感激给我机会听取了这么好的一个讲座。不知道怎样表达感谢之情,于是,发了篇自己深夜匆匆而作的小文。别无他求,只希望让你们知道,你们的努力,大到文化的坚守与传承,小到对我这样的普通大众,都意义深远。谢谢。 拙文如下: 一直觉得在新加坡坚持办文学讲座也满需要勇气的,所以很感动周星衢基金的坚持,之前因为出差错过了董启章和董桥,已经很遗憾了,这次绝对不能再错过张晓风。虽然溯源这主题让我心里很犯嘀咕,不知道她会怎样讲。倘若像大学问家做考据那样一板一眼,岂不是无趣之极?然而整个讲座听完,我大为倾倒,迫不及待的把她的演讲一句一句复述给赶来接我的某人听。 张晓风老师的演讲风格和文字风格很不一样,没有锦心绣口字字戳心,而是像邻居阿妈拉家常,语气词很多,非常平实而口语化。不过创造思路却完全一样,娓娓道来的往往是真实简单的小故事,内里蕴含的却是动人心魄的哲理。董桥曾说:张晓风亦秀亦豪,今天一睹风采,深以为然。据说她已然不良于行,却站着完成了近两小时的演说,非常可敬。 整个演讲分两部分来阐述溯源的重要性。文化如果不追溯源头,传承将会分外艰难,今天的我将如何明白昨天的你? 第一部分她举了一些现实的例子,比如“这是公平的”。这句话我们听来平平无奇,但是对于70年代看电影的台湾人意义就不一样。导演李行才华横溢,却因为某种原因一直没有拿过金马奖。终于有一天,最佳导演奖颁给他,他高兴得举起奖杯大叫“这是公平的”。至此,这句话屡屡在场内场外被借用。还有那个新神父不知道老神父暗号的梗,博得满堂哄笑。这笑话我曾经听过,但是却没想到可以借来解说传承的意义,而且用得这样恰如其分。 第二部分主要谈文学作品的溯源。比如鲁迅的《药》里,华大妈看夏奶奶“排好四碟菜,一碗饭,立着哭了一会儿”,为什么心里就会想暗暗的想“这坟里的也是儿子了”?因为夏奶奶是“立”着哭的。还有包公断太后,杀手锏居然是让瞎婆子端坐椅上,自己束冠整袍躬身行大礼,结果瞎婆子并没有被拜倒,而是一动不动稳如泰山,把个包黑子惊得二次撩袍忙跪倒。这出戏,再过若干年,不知道那时的年轻人还能不能懂。还说到,牛津剑桥哈佛耶鲁这些名校起初也是为了解释圣经而生,小意外了一下。 最有意思的是著名的合肥四姐妹之老幺张充和在云南的一张照片和一首诗“酒阑琴罢漫思家,小坐蒲团听落花,一曲潇湘云水过,见龙新水宝红茶”。诗中提到宝红茶,作为爱茶之人,张老师当然要去打探一番。起初到处都打听不来,后来经人提点,原来红是错字,茶名应为宝洪茶。只因文化界对名人写错字是很宽容的,错一个,就干脆成了通假字,所以谁也无意特意去纠错。知道了茶名,一切就顺利了,连大小姐借住的小庙都给探了出来,还托了茶客吴德亮千里迢迢从云南带了三两宝洪茶去台湾,供三五知音好友品评。品过之后吴德亮随口说了一句“这堂堂大小姐有意思,去了云南,怎么放着那么好的滇茶不品?”言下之意,”却怎么喝这口味平平的宝洪茶”。说者无心听者有意,张老师于是又留下心结,多方探索,终于发现,原来宝洪茶的茶叶酷似大小姐家乡(合肥)西边的产茶胜地六安之茶,这正好应了她诗中“漫思家”的乡愁。终于,整个故事圆满了,我也如释重负。 另外,还有李白的竹疏衣,绕了一圈,转去九真(今越南芽庄附近),最后居然在马六甲偶遇;苏轼的左牵黄,从史记李斯列传开始往后挖,才发现不仅仅是狩猎必带的猎犬,而蕴含的是亲人团圆的天伦之乐;辛弃疾的“杯汝来前”,有趣得紧,却原来圣人孔老夫子也经常这么说。林林总总许多生动的小故事,听得我只恨时间过得太快。张老师说觉得语文很有意思,跟着她听故事,我也这么觉得。我自小觉得演讲和作文难与上青天,对之深以为惧,所以最后弃文从了理,现在看来,那时也许只是没遇上高手帮我把任督二脉打通。否则,如今我赖什么为生就难说了。 感受很多,不能一一而诉,最后,摘一段老师的文字,当年很是打动我。 “客居岁月,暮色归来,看见有人当街亲热,竟也视若无睹,但每看到一对人手牵手提着一把青菜一条鱼从菜市场走出来,一颗心就忍不住恻恻地痛起来,一蔬一饭里的天长地久原来是如此味永难言啊!” 接下来的日子,真要多看点书了,再不能上午想午饭,下午想晚饭的过下去。  …

30 Nov 2016
Inaugural bilingual cultural exhibition “At Home with Words”

Chou Sing Chu Foundation’s inaugural bilingual cultural exhibition “At Home with Words” – Step into the Si He Yuan and be immersed in the everyday and the remarkable aspects of Chinese words Chou Sing Chu Foundation, a non-profit cultural organisation in Singapore, will be organising a bilingual cultural exhibition, “At Home with Words”, at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre from 2 – 11 December 2016.…

1 Jul 2016
Sing Chu Children Colouring Contest Winners

Sing Chu Children Colouring Contest Winners The Giant’s Garden has regained its splendid colours! We are delighted to receive lots of creative entries for this colouring contest. This is definitely a school holiday filled with fun and colours. We would like to express our biggest thanks to all participating children and parents.…

4 Mar 2016
Book to Stage, School’s a Wonderland!

Book to Stage, School’s a Wonderland! On 26 February 2016, Chou Sing Chu Foundation (CSCF) had the honour of partnering the Arts Theatre of Singapore, a children-centric Chinese language theatre company with 60 years of history, to put up a performance based on CSCF’s inaugural “Sing Chu Children’s Collection” that was published in 2015.…

4 Feb 2016
“I Remember Gallery” Exhibition: Guided Tour for Whitley Secondary School

“I Remember Gallery” Exhibition: Guided Tour for Whitley Secondary School On the last day of the “I Remember Gallery” exhibition at Bishan Public Library on 3 February 2016, Chou Sing Chu Foundation (CSCF) played host to a group of Whitley Secondary School students, led by their Chinese teacher Madam Wan Sook Kheng, and brought them on a special guided tour of our exhibition.…

1 Jan 2016
“irememberBookstores” Winning Entries

Since 2013, Chou Sing Chu Foundation, as the official partner of the National Library Board’s “Singapore Memory Project”, has embarked on a series of “irememberBookstores” memory collection campaigns to collect the public’s memories of the bookstores in Singapore.   The collection campaign has come to a successful conclusion and Chou Sing Chu Foundation would like to express our gratitude to the public for their overwhelming response.…

20 Dec 2015
The Young Literary Fans Sequel: Nourishment of Bookstores

The Young Literary Fans Sequel: Nourishment of Bookstores Sporting black-framed spectacles, armed with a film camera, a tablet computer, a book, and hanging out at a café the whole day long… This appears to be the common description of a typical young literary fan. However, no matter which generation we are in, the bookstore is the place to be for literary fans.…

20 Oct 2015
Tung Chiao: A New Era of Words

In “The Age of Contentment”, Mr Tung Chiau wrote that even the most frustrating problems in life will fade away eventually. Similarly, we hope that the fog in our lives can be lifted by the tranquillity in literature, just like the long awaited clear blue sky after the storm. After months of preparation by all the staff at Chou Sing Chu Foundation, Sing Chu Literature Lectures Chapter Two featuring renowned author Mr Tung Chiau took place on the evening of 29 October 2015.…

26 May 2015
New Lease of Life in Local Chinese Children’s Book Publishing?

New Lease of Life in Local Chinese Children’s Book Publishing? Due to the changes in education policies and the shrinking domestic demand, the Chinese publishing industry in Singapore has been on a declining trend since the 1970s. It is especially so for the children’s books where the diminishing supply could only be supplemented by imported books from China and Taiwan.…

17 Feb 2015
CSCF Leaves Its Mark with Publications

Chou Sing Chu Foundation Leaves Its Mark with Publications on Singapore’s Early Publishing Industry In remembrance of the illustrious past of the early local Chinese publishing industry, Chou Sing Chu Foundation (CSCF) published World Children – Forever Young and Pages that Opened Our Minds: A Pictorial Catalogue of Early Chinese Textbooks in Southeast Asia 2014.…

12 Jan 2015
Two Cities, One Shared Journal

A Periodical that Bridged Singapore and Hong Kong 54 Years Ago In 1961, the late renowned Chinese literary pioneer in Singapore and Malaysia, Fang Xiu, published The Malayan Literature Series at the invitation from World Book Company. This series, which consisted of ten books, even sported the illustration of coconut trees and a typical Malay kampong house on stilts on the back cover to highlight the series’ Nanyang (Southeast Asia) origin.…

20 Dec 2014
Dung Kai Cheung: Literature, Life and the Times

It was an afternoon of literary delights on 20 December 2014! Renowned Hong Kong author, Dung Kai Cheung was in town to present his lecture Literature, Life and the Times. “Literature is not for one, but for everyone.” Renowned Hong Kong author Dung Kai Cheung took us on a quest to explore deeply into our hearts and the world around us at the inaugural Sing Chu Literature Lectures.…

8 Dec 2014
Chou Sing Chu: The Man Behind World Book Company

The Singapore and Malaysia Literary Works in Hong Kong’s Libraries – Remembering World Book Company’s Founder Chou Sing Chu The Chinese Studies departments in the universities in Singapore and Malaysia have traditionally focused their research effort on the literature and culture of the Chinese diaspora. The libraries, literature museums and tertiary education institutions in these two countries have been the important collection troves of local literary works.…

24 Sep 2014
Affinity With Books

Their Affinity with Books The bookstore industry in Singapore has weathered a century of changes and challenges, be it brought along by transient trends, fluctuation of social structures, or education reforms. These changes and challenges also threaten the very existence of books. But are they really crises or opportunities? How did the pioneers of the bookstore industry turn these crises into opportunities?…

8 May 2014
The Years When Bookstores Dotted the Little Red Dot

The Years when Bookstores Dotted the Island The emergence of e-books has not only created tremendous competitive pressure on the print books, they have also marked an epoch in the continuing struggle of survival of the physical bookstores. It is the same story elsewhere as the bookstore industry continues to face tough times worldwide.…

18 Nov 2013
Book sponsorship MOU with NLB

Chou Sing Chu Foundation (CSCF) and the National Library Board, Singapore (NLB) signed a groundbreaking book sponsorship agreement on 18 November 2013. The agreement will see CSCF donate 56,000 Chinese children’s books to the Tampines Regional Library from 2016 to 2021. The book sponsorship will open up a new world of imagination, creativity and knowledge, benefiting children in Singapore.…

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15 Nov 2017
Buying Local Literature to Read Our World (Part 1)

Buying Local Literature to Read Our World (Part 1) By Shawn Pang Having entered its 19th year in 2016 with a record attendance, the Singapore Writers Festival has brought many literary talents to Singapore whilst promoting new and emerging Singaporean and Asian writing to the wider public through the years. But some have argued that the annual literary event caters more to the converted bookworms.…

23 Oct 2017
Passage of Time Events Series 2 – To the Bookstores of an Era

Passage of Time Events Series 2 – To the Bookstores of an Era By Sing Song Chin   There were over 150 attendees at the event, including (front row, from left), Ms Lynn Lee (Director of Communication & Development Marketing Department, CSCF), Ms Ruth Cao (Executive Director, CSCF), Ms Woo Mun Ngan (Chief Editor of zbNOW, Lianhe Zaobao), Mr Chia Joo Ming (Editor of zbNOW, Lianhe Zaobao), Mr Kua Bak Lim (Singaporean Chinese historian), Mr Choo Thiam Siew (Member of CSCF), Prof and Mrs Wang Gungwu, Dr Lee Peng Shu (Member of CSCF), and Dr Ho Soo Guang (Member of CSCF).…

16 Oct 2017
Passage of Time Events Series 1 – From the Bookstores

Passage of Time Events Series 1 – From the Bookstores By Quek See Ling   Ms Sim Ann and Mr Chou Cheng Ngok unveiling the books On 30 April 2017, the first event in Chou Sing Chu Foundation’s Passage of Time Events Series was held at The Pod within the National Library Building.…

15 Sep 2017
From Components to Compounds: Learning to Identify Chinese Characters

From Components to Compounds: Learning to Identify Chinese Characters by Chou Sing Chu Foundation   Based on the syllabi from Primary One to Primary Six, every primary school student in Singapore has to learn to read and write about 1,600 to 1,900 Chinese characters. Among these, many characters look or sound similar, causing students difficulty in identifying them.…

15 Sep 2017
Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land: Where Sorrow and Happiness in Life Meet (Part 2)

Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land: Where Sorrow and Happiness in Life Meet (Part 2) By Quek See Ling Continued from Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land: Where Sorrow and Happiness in Life Meet  (Part 1)   Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land is a story about two troupes mistakenly booked into the same space for rehearsals (Photo credit: Photos by Jack Yam, courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay) The content and structure of Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land remind me of “On the Equality of Things” in Zhuangzi: The Inner Chapters, in which several seemingly unrelated segments are brought together under a unifying theme.…

11 Sep 2017
Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land: Where Sorrow and Happiness in Life Meet (Part 1)

Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land: Where Sorrow and Happiness in Life Meet (Part 1) By Quek See Ling   Secret Love’s star-crossed lovers, Jiang Bin Liu and Yun Zhi Fan, in Shanghai in 1948 before losing contact with each other (Photo credit: Photos by Jack Yam, courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay) Literary classics are works that are able to stand the test of time.…

1 Sep 2017
Learning Chinese through Spoken Language

Learning Chinese through Spoken Language by Chou Sing Chu Foundation   Learning a new language means learning how to read and write in that language. Limiting the use of language to only writing is like building a house without a door. As the most basic usage of language, speech preceded the written word, as humanity passed on its history through the generations by oral narratives and songs.…

15 Aug 2017
Returning to Nanyang: Interview with Lee Yung-ping (Part 2)

Returning to Nanyang: Interview with Lee Yung-ping (Part 2) By Kiew Li Lian Continued from Returning to Nanyang: Interview with Lee Yung-ping  (Part 1)   In Search of the Next Literary Journey As a novelist, Lee has spent his life in a quest of language. The Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia is often mixed with different languages, much like the Chinese of Lee’s youth in Sarawak.…

11 Aug 2017
Returning to Nanyang: Interview with Lee Yung-ping (Part 1)

Returning to Nanyang: Interview with Lee Yung-ping (Part 1) By Kiew Li Lian Going home is always on the mind of the wanderer. However, the road home for Lee Yung-ping, the “Wanderer from Nanyang”, was especially long. Yet, everyone returns home eventually. After decades of being away, Lee finally returned to the region after he accepted the writer-in-residence invitation from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in September 2016.…

21 Jul 2017
Chang Show-foong: Blissful Human Affairs – Sing Chu Literature Lectures Chapter Three (Part 2)

Chang Show-foong: Blissful Human Affairs – Sing Chu Literature Lectures Chapter Three (Part 2) By Sing Song Chin Continued from Chang Show-foong: Blissful Human Affairs – Sing Chu Literature Lectures Chapter Three (Part 1) Many literature lovers in Singapore joined Chang Show-foong in a search of the source of the beauty of Chinese words Human Affairs: The Importance of the Past “I really hope that the Chinese people can form a worldwide cultural union.” A day before delivering her lecture, Chang gave another talk at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).…

17 Jul 2017
Chang Show-foong: Blissful Human Affairs – Sing Chu Literature Lectures Chapter Three (Part 1)

Chang Show-foong: Blissful Human Affairs – Sing Chu Literature Lectures Chapter Three (Part 1) By Sing Song Chin Taiwanese prose writer Chang Show-foong brought readers in Singapore on a search for the source of Chinese culture “Groups of youths out on holiday excursions often enjoy following the river though the mountains, eager to find its source.…

20 Jun 2017
Capturing Memories of Singapore and Malaysia (Part 2)

Capturing Memories of Singapore and Malaysia (Part 2) By Kiew Li Lian Continued from Capturing Memories of Singapore and Malaysia (Part 1)   Lee Yung-ping’s newest work, The Book of Zhu Ling, tells the stories of his hometown of Sarawak(Source:Rye Field Publishing Co.) Lee Yung-ping: Depicting the Turbulence Underneath the Tranquility While both Zhang Hui and Ding Yun talked about Singapore, Lee Yung-ping focused on Sarawak – the place where he was born and grew up in.…

13 Jun 2017
Capturing Memories of Singapore and Malaysia (Part 1)

Capturing Memories of Singapore and Malaysia (Part 1) By Kiew Li Lian Memories will vanish if they are not recorded. Fortunately, there are those who do so, piecing together the fragments of memory. The Singapore Writers Festival 2016 panel discussion, titled “Capturing Old Singapore and Malaysia”, invited three writers from Singapore and Malaysia to share their stories from the 1950s and 1960s.…

17 May 2017
Learning a Language begins with the Words

Learning a Language begins with the Words 千言万语,从字词开始 By Chou Sing Chu Foundation 文:周星衢基金 There is a Chinese saying that the construction of a lofty building begins from flat ground. In learning Chinese, one must also begin from the basics. The basis of the Chinese language is in its words, every single word is like a tile or a brick, coming together in the construction of a skyscraper.…

18 Apr 2017
Zhang Yueran: Emerging from The Cocoon (Part 2)

Zhang Yueran: Emerging from The Cocoon (Part 2) By Quek See Ling Continued from Zhang Yueran: Emerging from The Cocoon (Part 1) Sustaining Tension Throughout the Novel Zhang Yueran at the 2016 Shanghai Book Fair, at a release event for her new book Cocoon “That man was still alive when I was born.” The Cocoon draws its plot from an account written by Zhang’s father in his youth about a doctor who had a nail lodged in his head and was reduced to a vegetative state.…

11 Apr 2017
Zhang Yueran: Emerging from The Cocoon (Part 1)

Zhang Yueran: Emerging from The Cocoon (Part 1) By Quek See Ling 图片来源:网络 To some, the past is like a nail lodged in the brain – difficult to remove, yet too painful to ignore. Chinese “post-80s” writer, Zhang Yueran, evidently felt it, taking 10 years to craft her new novel, The Cocoon.…

28 Mar 2017
Literature Today: A Day at the Singapore Writers Festival

Literature Today: A Day at the Singapore Writers Festival By Daryl Li On 5 November 2016, I spent a day at this year’s edition of the Singapore Writers Festival. While the events that I attended could not be more different from one another, they all reflected a broader tone of self-reflection and contemplation about the state of literature today.…

16 Jan 2017
Tsai Shi-ping: Writing the Heartbeat of Life

Tsai Shi-ping: Writing the Heartbeat of Life By Quek See Ling Tsai Shi-ping doing an emotional recital There is a popular online saying: “Wealth allows you to be capricious”. But on stage at BookFest@Malaysia 2016, it was “Gift of gab allows you to be capricious”. Appearing at the 11th edition of BookFest, Taiwanese veteran media personality and writer Tsai Shi-ping definitely fits the latter.…

20 Oct 2016
Lin Hwai-min: A Love Affair with Rice (Part 2)

Lin Hwai-min: A Love Affair with Rice (Part 2) By Sing Song Chin Continued from Lin Hwai-min: A Love Affair with Rice (Part 1) The establishment of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre was rather fortuitous. The sixties were a time of revolutionary thinking and Lin Hwai-min had gathered a few dance contemporaries to perform at villages and schools.…

14 Oct 2016
Lin Hwai-min: A Love Affair with Rice (Part 1)

Lin Hwai-min: A Love Affair with Rice (Part 1) By Sing Song Chin Lin Hwai-min (Photo by Liu Chen-hsiang, Courtesy of Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay) “Would you turn up the lights please? I want to see every face in the audience.” These were Lin Hwai-min’s first words as he stepped out onto the stage.…

1 Dec 2016
Translated Children’s Literature and Poetry

Translated Children’s Literature and Poetry By Chou Sing Chu Foundation Translated literature and poetry are essential in our reading journey – they are our gateway to the outside world and the door to our inner world. Outstanding children’s literature can expand the horizons of the young ones. The English-proficient children of Singapore are likely to be familiar with western literature, giving them an advantage when reading the corresponding Chinese translations.…

27 Sep 2016
Wu Ming-yi: Rediscovering the Curiosity About the World (Part 2)

Wu Ming-yi: Rediscovering the Curiosity About the World (Part 2) By Quek See Ling Continued from Wu Ming-yi: Rediscovering the Curiosity About the World (Part 1) Wu Ming-yi’s novel, The Stolen Bicycle, had garnered rave reviews since it was published in 2015. The reason why the novel started off with the bicycle was a response to the readers’ query after reading the end of his other novel, Routes in a Dream, where the fate of the protagonist’s bicycle was unaccounted for after he was halted by his father in front of Zhongshan Hall.…

20 Sep 2016
Wu Ming-yi: Rediscovering the Curiosity About the World (Part 1)

Wu Ming-yi: Rediscovering the Curiosity About the World (Part 1) By Quek See Ling Wu Ming-yi, one of the most influential writers in Taiwan, may be best known for his novels and prose but his critique pieces also pack a punch. Who can forget his 2014 article that criticised the then Taiwan’s Minister of Culture, Lung Ying-tai, for appointing a bureaucrat with no literary background in charge of National Museum of Taiwan Literature?…

7 Oct 2016
Writing with Childlike Innocence

Writing with Childlike Innocence By Chou Sing Chu Foundation There is no doubt that reading plays an important role in our children’s physical and mental development. But our children’s precious childhood is short and is already laden with heavy schooling commitments, how can we ensure that they can gain the maximum benefit from non-curriculum reading?…

23 Aug 2016
The Secret to Picking Good Chinese Books!

The Secret to Picking Good Chinese Books! By Chou Sing Chu Foundation The school holidays are the best time for children to cultivate the habit of reading. With the examinations being the last thing on the children’s mind, they can explore the fascinating worlds in the books at their own pace.…

18 Aug 2016
Liao Yu Hui: Realism in a Prose Writer’s Life

Liao Yu Hui: Realism in a Prose Writer’s Life By Sing Song Chin Penning the beauty and sorrow in life in proses is a wonderful process for both writers and readers. Literary works should not be unworldly, but be as realistic as possible. Since stepping down from her teaching duties, Taiwanese prose writer Liao Yu Hui did not remain idle.…

16 Aug 2016
Gan Yao Ming: Drifting Life of a Novelist

Gan Yao Ming: Drifting Life of a Novelist By Sing Song Chin “Life is just like the falling leaves,” Gan Yao Ming’s grandfather once remarked. “Unless a gust of wind alters the process and the leaves take a new turn, they will land directly on the ground.” Back then, the young boy could not comprehend the meaning behind those words.…

26 Jul 2016
Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung: The Revolving Door of Life (Part 2)

Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung: The Revolving Door of Life (Part 2) By Sing Song Chin Continued from Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung: The Revolving Door of Life (Part 1) Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung gained fame when he published his first novel, Madame Chin, while he was still an undergraduate in 1958. Two years later, together with fellow students Ouyang Tzu, Chen Jo-hsi, Wang Wen-hsing, Leo Lee, and Lau Shiu-ming, founded the magazine Modern Literature which was in publication for 20 years with 73 issues published in all.…

20 Jul 2016
Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung: The Revolving Door of Life (Part 1)

Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung: The Revolving Door of Life (Part 1) By Sing Song Chin The words that come to mind when Professor Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung is mentioned would probably be: “Kun Qu Opera”, “Young Lovers’ Edition”, and “Peony Pavilion”. This giant of the literary world is renowned for promoting Kun Qu Opera; his dedication and perseverance is also shared by Mr Chou Cheng Ngok, Group CEO of Popular Holdings, in reviving the glory of the Chinese publishing industry in early Singapore – the aim of Chou Sing Chu Foundation, which he has established to honour his father.…

27 Jun 2016
The Delicate Portrayal of Life as Peking Opera Actors (Part 2)

The Delicate Portrayal of Life as Peking Opera Actors (Part 2) By Quek See Ling Continued from The Delicate Portrayal of Life as Peking Opera Actors (Part 1) The second story of One Hundred Years on Stage took place in the era of the Revolutionary Opera, which was the communists’ version of the Peking Opera.…

16 Jun 2016
The Delicate Portrayal of Life as Peking Opera Actors (Part 1)

The Delicate Portrayal of Life as Peking Opera Actors (Part 1) By Quek See Ling I seem to have an affinity with Chinese opera recently. I was happily devouring well-known Singaporean novelist Yeng Pway Ngon’s latest masterpiece, The Costume, when the chance to watch the Taiwanese GuoGuang Opera Company (“GuoGuang”) in action on 17 February 2016 proved too irresistible to pass.…

20 May 2016
Print Books for Health and Learning

Print Books for Health and Learning By Shawn Pang (Continued from Part 1 – The Novel of Words: Print Books Are Here to Stay) Reading print books is beneficial to your physical well-being. A 2014 Harvard Medical School study looking at sleeping patterns with different bedtime reading approaches found that reading e-books before turning in lessened the production of an important sleep hormone, melatonin.…

12 May 2016
The Novel of Words: Print Books Are Here to Stay

The Novel of Words: Print Books Are Here to Stay By Shawn Pang The gloomy outlook predicted for print books will have to wait as e-books’ spectacular growth since the late 2000s seems to have run of steam. Coupled with the encouraging signs from younger readers and the print books’ long-standing advantages, print books are here to stay.…

22 Apr 2016
The Cultural Legacy of Mr Chou Sing Chu

The Cultural Legacy of Mr Chou Sing Chu (Continued from Part 1 – The Affinity between Fang Xiu and World Book Company) By Sing Song Chin The second person who brought the relationship between Fang and World Book Company to the next level was none other than the senior Mr Chou himself.…

19 Apr 2016
The Affinity between Fang Xiu and World Book Company

The Affinity between Fang Xiu and World Book Company By Sing Song Chin It was 35 years ago, on 31 July 1982, when a World Books Company’s advertisement in the Sin Chew Jit Poh caught the attention of many readers: “Who says there is no local literary talent in Singapore and Malaysia?” It was an eye-catching headline.…

3 May 2016
How Hard is Reading Chinese?

How Hard is Reading Chinese? “How do we help our children improve their Chinese language proficiency?” Most parents would probably advise their children to read more Chinese books and we agree too. However, the challenge lies in how we can encourage children to start reading. Many parents want their children to master their mother tongue.…

25 Mar 2016
Lung Ying-tai: Culture, Language and Tradition Set the Foundation

Lung Ying-tai: Culture, Language and Tradition Set the Foundation (Continued from Part 1 – Lung Ying-tai: Stirring a ‘small river, small sea’ in Singapore) By Quek See Ling “Politically, I have a Republic of China passport but culturally, I have a passport called Chinese. Anyone using Chinese, in my view, is my people.” Lung Ying-tai sharing her views at the 2015 UniSIM Cultural China Public Lecture in Singapore (Source: SIM University) Lung said that the Chinese had lost their cultural confidence after the Opium War, with the younger generations adopting the attitude of contempt towards their own heritage and choosing to have blind faith in the government – not knowing that the government has already controlled the knowledge over individuals, reducing them to blindly embrace the country, the leaders, the doctrine and stability in the society without question.…

22 Mar 2016
Lung Ying-tai: Stirring a ‘small river, small sea’ in Singapore

Lung Ying-tai: Stirring a ‘small river, small sea’ in Singapore By Quek See Ling To some readers, Taiwanese writer Lung Ying-tai’s The Wild Fire Collection is like a miniature Cultural Revolution. She once lit another fire with her 1994 article, Glad I Am Not a Singaporean. “Even with higher economic growth, better security, and a more efficient government, I will not give up my personal freedom and dignity.” Her words set many locals ablaze, prompting responses like Glad I Am a Singaporean and Glad She Is Not a Singaporean.…

18 Mar 2016
Publishing Dream: To Create Choices

Publishing Dream: To Create Choices (Continued from Part 1 – Writing Dream: To Burst Illusions) Three successful independent publishers came together to share their indie publishing passion in a candid panel discussion titled ‘Indie Publishing Heroes’ – Malaysian publishers Amir Muhammad of Buku Fixi and Matahari Books, and Mutalib Uthman of DuBook Press, as well as Singaporean publisher Kenny Leck of BooksActually and Math Paper Press.…

15 Mar 2016
Writing Dream: To Burst Illusions

Writing Dream: To Burst Illusions Imagine the excitement when literary luminaries interact with literature lovers in Singapore’s oldest government building, The Arts House. It was a reality for the audiences of the Singapore Writers Festival 2015, an annual event organised by the Singapore National Arts Council. With the theme of “Island of Dreams”, some 300 events were held from 30 October to 8 November.…

17 Feb 2016
The Magical World of Stories – Lion’s Heart, Painted Thoughts

A ripple effect was set off recently in the Singapore children’s Chinese books market which has been relatively quiet for some time – and what a delightful welcome it was! In conjunction with the exciting grand opening of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) on 30th May 2015, the formal launch of the bilingual children’s story picture book Lion’s Heart, Painted Thoughts by the National Book Development Council of Singapore and the Hunan Juvenile and Children’s Books Publishing House on 5th June 2015 was one of the most prominent events held during the festival.…