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?"