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Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore
by Frank Stewart , Fiona Sze-Lorrain , Yu-Mei Balasingamchow (Goodreads Author) , Boey Kim Cheng , Grace Chua , Dan Ying , Jeffrey Greene , Philip Jeyaretnam , more…Khoo Seok Wan , Amanda Lee Koe , Jee Leong Koh (Goodreads Author) , Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé , Karen Kwek (Goodreads Author) , Shirley Geok-Lin Lim , Nicholas Liu , Jason Erik Lundberg (Goodreads Author) , Christopher Mooney-Singh , Eleanor Neo , Ng Yi-Sheng , O Thiam Chin , Wena Poon (Goodreads Author) , Alfian Sa'at (Goodreads Author) , Toh Hsien Min , Cyril Wong , Wong Yoon Wah , Jerrold Yam (Goodreads Author) …less
In 2015, Singapore celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its independence. From its founding as a British colony with no natural resources, the country has transformed itself into one of the most urbanized and prosperous nations in the world. Just as remarkable is the harmonious diversity of the people who identify themselves as Singaporeans—a fusion of ethnicities, ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published August 2014 by University of Hawai'i Press
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This should really be sub-titled Not-so-new Writing from Singapore to Americans since most contributions have been published and/or aren't that recent, plus there's the strange inclusion of Lundberg and Greene who are by no means Singaporean. The prose far outweighs the poetry in quality, which is a reflection of Singapore literature, with my favourite contributions coming from Boey, Alfian and especially Balasingamchow. An overall semi-decent introduction to recent Singapore literature, with un ...more