Yes, I Go to Acting School

Whenever I tell people that I am studying theatre acting, I always get the same set of responses: “Can make money?” “Acting so easy, must go school ah?” “So I will see you on Suria soon?”

The answer to all of these questions is “Yes”, although I don’t know how soon you will see me on Suria or television. I can only hope that I would get the opportunity.

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Othman Wok: The Man and His Literary Legacy

On 17 April 2017, Othman Wok passed away in Singapore General Hospital. In the days that followed, many citizens shared their memories of this remarkable man, who had rose from obscurity to become a member of independent Singapore’s first Cabinet. Some thanked him for his work as our first Minister of Social Affairs, a role which he used to found the National Council of Social Services.

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The Story Behind A Novel

To the uninitiated, the tears that Nuraliah Norasid shed, upon being announced as the winner of the Epigram Books Fiction Prize on 24 November 2016, were simply for the joy of clinching the $25,000 award — the richest literary award, and the only one dedicated to the novel genre in Singapore thus far.

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50 Years of Malay Films in Singapore: History, Silence, and a Revival

This year marks Singapore’s 50th year as an independent nation after a tumultuous merger with and separation from Malaysia. Although it has been half a century since the nations’ parting, they were once closely intertwined, not just socio-politically, but also artistically and culturally through intensive and extensive film production. Over 360 Malay films were spawned during the transnational collaboration from 1934 to 1972 before a solemn 40 odd years of silence descended upon the Malay film industry in Singapore.

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