A New History of the Kristang Language in Singapore by Kevin Martens Wong

In this fascinating new talk by Kevin Martens Wong, leader of the Kodrah Kristang grassroots movement attempting to preserve Kristang in Singapore, we delve into a previously unknown but delightful part of Singapore history when carnival was celebrated with parades and roaming minstrels, and where Romeo and JulietThe Merchant of Venice and many other Shakespearean plays were performed to roaring crowds not in English, but in Kristang. Who would have thought that Singapore could have hosted such a vibrant Kristang entertainment scene, especially in light of the language's current, precarious situation? Drawing from his archival research in the National Library’s NewspaperSG digitised collection and personal accounts of Kristang speakers from the Oral History Centre collection at the National Archives of Singapore, as well as his own family history, Kevin will walk you through Kristang's early beginnings in Portuguese and Dutch Melaka, and then through its hitherto hidden history in our island state, and welcomes you to find out more about a Singapore that challenges your preconceived notions about daily life in our corner of the world. Beng prendeh di Kristang sa istoria kung nus!

Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Blue Room
Registration Link: https://kristangtalk.peatix.com/
Event price: Free
Event CTA:
  • LumiNation 2018, /programmes-details/the-arts-house-presents/lumination-2018, N
Event duration:

1 hr
No intermission

Event start date: 2018-08-11 01:10
Event end date: 2018-08-11 01:10
Custom Event Date(s): 11 Aug 2018, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 3pm - 4pm
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About Kevin Martens Wong

Kevin Martens Wong is a science fiction novelist, linguist, civil servant, and the founder and director of the Kodrah Kristang revitalisation initiative for the critically endangered Kristang language in Singapore. He won the NUS Creative Writing Competition in 2015 for his short story A Merlion for His Majesty, and his work has also been published in Entitled and Transect. His first novel, Altered Straits, was published by Epigram Books in early 2017. He lives in Singapore.

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The Chetti Melaka of Singapore by The Peranakan Indian Association of Singapore

The Chetti Melakans are descendants of South Indians who sailed across the Indian Ocean to trade with Melaka during the Melaka Sultanate (1402 – 1511) marrying the indigenous Malay, Javanese and Batak women during their sojourn. The word Chetti means Merchants.

This talk by Mr Ponno Kalastree, President of the Peranakan Indian Association of Singapore, offers a glimpse into this almost unknown but distinct community in Singapore and Malaysia who is often overshadowed by the larger, more widespread and more influential Peranakan Chinese, shining light into their history, customs, religion and culture.

The session will be moderated by David Bok and Gerald Pillay.

Event venue: Living Room
Registration Link: https://chettimelaka.peatix.com/
Event price: Free
Event CTA:
  • LumiNation 2018, /programmes-details/the-arts-house-presents/lumination-2018, N
Event duration:

1 hr

Event start date: 2018-08-11 01:10
Event end date: 2018-08-11 01:10
Custom Event Date(s): 11 Aug 2018, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 2pm - 3pm
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The Story of Chinatown 牛车水的故事

Since the founding of modern Singapore 200 years ago, Chinatown has occupied a significant role in the country’s cultural development. The district was identified as a key area for development within the Raffles Town Plan and is steeped in rich history and heritage. Nowadays touted as a popular tourist destination, Chinatown also carries the stories of sentiments of early Chinese immigrants. Why is it called niu che shui (“ox” “car” “water”)? Why is it of such importance to Singapore? What are the changes that have taken place in the past few decades? What has been preserved and what has been lost?

In this talk, Wong Sow Kuen, who has lived in Chinatown for more than 50 years and witnessed its many changes, will draw on her first-hand experiences and take audiences on a journey to uncover the lesser-known stories and secrets of Chinatown.

Conducted in Mandarin.

《牛车水的故事》

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Production: By Wong Sow Kuen
Event venue: Living Room
Registration Link: https://storyofchinatown.peatix.com/
Event start date: 2019-08-17 10:00
Event end date: 2019-08-17 10:00
Custom Event Date(s): 17 Aug 2019, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 4pm - 5pm
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Fictionalising the Japanese Occupation by Meira Chand, Cheah Sinnan and Warren Kalasegaran

How does fiction shape the construction of historical narratives and what is the role that it plays in the ways in which history is understood (or misunderstood) by readers? What can alternative narratives and stories tell us about the way history is experienced by individuals in contrast to the collective consciousness? Join us for this special panel discussion with Meira Chand, Warren Kalasegaran and Cheah Sinnan discuss these issues, in relation to their own works of fiction that explore multiple facets of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. This session is moderated by Phan Ming Yen.

Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Living Room
Registration Link: https://fictionalising.peatix.com/
Event price: Free
Event CTA:
  • LumiNation 2018, /programmes-details/the-arts-house-presents/lumination-2018, N
Event duration:

1 hr
No intermission

Event start date: 2018-08-11 01:10
Event end date: 2018-08-11 01:10
Custom Event Date(s): 11 Aug 2018, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 5.30pm - 6.30pm
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About the Panellists

Born and educated in London, Swiss-Indian author Meira Chand studied and taught art before she turned to writing. She lived for many years in Japan and India before moving to Singapore, where she now resides. Her multi-cultural heritage is reflected in her novels, which explore issues of identity and belonging.

Cheah Sinann is a former editorial cartoonist with The Straits Times, where he also produced the popular comic strip The House of Lim for eight years. His cartoon strip Billy & Saltie, which highlights environmental issues in a humorous manner, appears in The Borneo Bulletin in Brunei and The Daily Frontier in Bangladesh. His collection Billy & Saltie: Cool Croc was published in 2010. 

Warran Kalasegaran is a Foreign Service Officer and writer. His debut novel, Lieutenant Kurosawa's Errand Boy, was long-listed for the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction prize. Warran studied Politics with International Studies at the University of Warwick, and a Master of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo.

About the Moderator

Phan Ming Yen is the author of That Night by the Beach and Other Stories for a Film Score (2012), and also co-wrote The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015) and Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home (2016). His work has appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Best New Singaporean Short Stories and Kulit. He also contributed to the non-fiction book Singapore Soundscape: Musical Renaissance of a Global City (2014). He is director of the non-profit Global Cultural Alliance.

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National Identity in Singapore's Post-War Chinese Novels 战后新马华文小说的发展

Fresh off the press by Singaporean writer Lee Chuan Low, 《战后新马华文小说的发展》explores the tumultuous post-war years of 1945 - 1965 -- a period of recovery and reconciliation, which saw the emergence of a rich body of novels by Chinese settlers. These novels provide insights into the growing sense of national identity and consciousness within the community in the aftermath of oppression by the Japanese fascists and British colonial masters. In this session based on the book and moderated by Prof Tan Eng Chow, panelists Lee Chuan Low and Li Kang will discuss the themes, unique stylistic and stages of development within this genre and shed light on its contemporary relevance.

Conducted in Mandarin.

《战后新马华文小说的发展》

李选楼最新出版的《战后新马华文小说的发展》探讨了1945 - 1965年战后动荡的岁月。那二十年出版的小说包含着丰富的历史和故事。陈荣照教授将于李选楼和黎康在这讲说上以这一时期的小说为例,分析战后新马华文小说的分歧与作品特色,解读华族移民对国家意识,阐述在日本法西斯,以及英殖民地的压迫统治中,华族移民对国家民族意识的逐步成长。

Event venue: Blue Room
Registration Link: https://postwarchinesenovels.peatix.com/
Event price: Free
Event start date: 2019-08-17 09:52
Event end date: 2019-08-17 09:52
Custom Event Date(s): 17 Aug 2019, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 2pm - 3.30pm
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