Literature belongs to all those who live and dream.
Through Sing Chu Literature Lectures, Chou Sing Chu Foundation regularly invites outstanding individuals from the Chinese literary community to share their journeys with literature lovers. We hope that these masters of literature can reach out to the public and inspire all to continue making literature an essential part of their lives.
Chapter 5: The Enchantment of Narrative
Speaker: Jin Yucheng
Jin Yucheng, formerly Jin Shushu, was born in Shanghai. His family is descended from Lilizhen, Wujiang District. He is the editor-in-chief of Shanghai Literature. He began his literary career in 1985. His notable works include Light Chill, Square Island, The Age of Card Shuffling, Bowl, Blossoms, and Looking Back. He has won numerous prestigious literary awards, including the Mao Dun Literature Prize, Lu Xun Literature Prize, Shi Naian Literature Prize, and the Taipei International Book Exhibition Prize.
Talk Synopsis – The Enchantment of Narrative
I have always known that readers are smarter than writers. When everything is written clearly, oftentimes it does not make for good reading; clarity may become a shortcoming instead. Leaving some blank spaces may be more meaningful, for the world is full of ambiguity. This will always be the theme of writing, the reflection of the complex human condition. No amount of additional information can untangle the true circumstances between people. This is literature in its truest form. Simply put, there are only two defining qualities of people: they will do everything to pry into others’ private affairs, but will do everything to protect their own secrets.
Guest Speaker: Tan Kay Ngee
Singaporean architect Tan Kay Ngee graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 1984. He has received numerous awards, including the Singapore President’s Design Award and the Venice Biennale Silver Award. Kay Ngee Tan Architects was one of five architectural firms from around the world recommended in the November 2015 issue of Monocle.
His notable projects include Singapore Management University and Commune by the Great Wall. He has also written several essays on culture and authored several books.
Date : 30 March 2019 (Saturday)
Time : 2 – 4pm (Please be seated by 1.45pm)
Venue : Stephen Riady Auditorium @ NTUC
No. 1 Marina Boulevard, Level 7