MIND YOUR (INTER)CULTURE
A book club hosted by Constance Singam
Welcome to Mind Your (Inter)Culture, our new book club that aims to open up intercultural exchanges through books. This August, join us for our last session of the year as we discuss Confrontation by Mohamed Latiff Mohamed.
Translated from Malay by Shafiq Selamat, Confrontation brilliantly dramatises the period of uncertainty and change in the years leading up to Singapore's merger with Malaya. Seen through the unique perspective of the young Malay boy Adi, this fundamental period in Singapore history is brought to life with masterful empathy. In the tradition of Ben Okri's The Famished Road and Anita Desai's The Village by the Sea, Confrontation is an incredible evocation of village life and the consequences that come from political alignment and re-alignment.
Confrontation is written by Cultural Medallion Award winner Mohamed Latiff Mohamed, a prolific poet and writer in Singapore's Malay literary scene. A teacher by training, he is best known for his works about the struggles of the Malay community in post-independence Singapore.
Hosted by Constance Singam, this session of Mind Your (Inter)Culture will be our last for this year. Join us for an afternoon of reading and discussion with our guests Imran Taib and Zhang Ruihe!
Get your copy of Confrontation at Grassroots Book Room today!
Mind Your (Inter)Culture
A book club with a difference, this monthly get-together showcases translated works from Singapore and Southeast Asia. The readings and discussions broaden the exposure of the general public to works in different languages, and promote intercultural understanding among the communities through books.
Our new season of Mind Your (Inter)Culture will come back in January 2017. Keep a lookout for it!
About Imran Taib
Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib is an interfaith activist and a founding member of Leftwrite Center, a dialogue initiative on diversity issues for young professionals. He is also an active member of The Reading Group, a network that promotes Malay cultural literacy and intellectual religious thought. He writes and research on socio-religious and multi-cultural issues, and has commentaries published in The Straits Times, Today, Berita Harian, The Malaysian Insider, and The Jakarta Post. His writing on "The Future of Diversity" was featured in the Young Singaporean Series by The Institute of Policy Studies. He has co-edited two books: Islam, Religion and Progress (2006) and Moral Vision and Social Critique: Selected Essays of Syed Hussein Alatas (2007). He hopes to publish a compilation of Malay poems soon. Currently, he works for the Harmony Centre.
About Zhang Ruihe
Zhang Ruihe works in education and has been involved in Singapore's literary scene as a writer and editor for over a decade. She served as Essays editor for the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore from 2005 to 2009, and received the Golden Point Award for English Poetry in 2013. Her creative nonfiction, poetry, reviews and short fiction have been published in various journals and anthologies, both in print and online. She is also co-editor of In Transit, an anthology of writing on airports and air-travel to be published by Math Paper Press later in 2016.
About the host
Constance Singam is an author and civil society activist. She began her career in journalism, before taking a degree in English Literature in her forties, and a Master's degree in her sixties. She has been a columnist in several publications. Her works include "A History of the TWC: Building Social Space in Singapore", and "Re-Presenting Singapore Women" which she co-edited. She released her memoir "Where I Was: A Memoir from the Margins" in 2013. She blogs at: http://connie.sg/