NUS, my alma mater, has become a marketplace. And oh, don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean this in the sterile, safe, and happy way that your publicity brochures for the university want to represent. I’m not even talking about the people who treat the Central Library as a fish market; the people who think […]Read more "Unrealistic Realisms: Critique of NUS Open Day 2017 (Poster)"
I watched a student-produced play on Saturday, called Everlife. It cost $18, which is a lot of money, even if you are from the Singaporean bourgeoisie, and have pretensions to high culture. I didn’t have any pretensions to high culture. Not much, anyway. No, $18 was the price I happily paid to watch my brother […]Read more "Living with Ghosts: A ‘Review’ of Everlife"
So was Lim Chin Siong a communist? Actually, I don’t think it really matters. In the early hours of 2 February 1963, just a few months before Singapore’s merger with the Federation of Malaya, to form Malaysia, over a hundred trade union leaders, Nanyang University leaders, rural association leaders were arrested under the orders of the […]Read more "On Singaporean Revisionists: A Critique"
Why do you go away? If it is adventure you seek, or curiosity that guides you, then perhaps consider USE2315: Participatory Development in Southeast Asia, a USP field-based (overseas) module offered by USP Faculty A/P Peter Vail in the summer (otherwise known as the special semester in NUS). Like many terms and concepts birthed […]Read more "Why Do You Go Away?"
I have a confession to make. I chose to analyse Apocalypto for a writing seminar simply because I needed an excuse to watch this rip-roaring adventure, which made huge waves when it was first released in 2006. The publicity posters for this movie featured a man caked eerily in white powder. I simply had a sense this […]Read more "APOCALYPTO: WHY DON’T WE LOOK AWAY?"