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The Garden of Foolish Indulgences is a new work by Koh Hong Teng and Oh Yong Hwee based partly on an academic essay "Rambutans in the Picture" by Dr Lai Chee Kien.

In 1915, Han Wai Toon left Hainan Island to seek his fortune in Singapore. Through hard work, self-study and ingenuity, he became a global expert in diverse fields from ceramics, agriculture to Taoist deities. Hi
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 2016 by PAUSE Narratives
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Monica
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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A graphic novel about pioneer Chinese immigrant polymath Han Wai Toon and his time in Singapore. His rambutan orchard was the Garden of Foolish Indulgences where literati gathered to reminisce about home as his rambutans were cross cultivated to taste like lychees from China.

I think the book is trying to convey the ambiguities of integration and identity faced by immigrants, and that this has not changed over time - except that current day immigrants have more options of where they want to go an
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Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The srudy of the legacy of the Chinese diaspora in Singapore as seen through an extraordinary self made man Han Wai Toon and his amazing accomplishments. A wonderful effort by Oh, Koh and Chua in birthing this graphic novel.
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Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simple yet beautiful drawings telling an important story of migrants past, present and future.
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Weaving the stories of immigrants past and current, the illustrations sensitively capture the nuance and flavour of modern Singapore with authentic and nuanced dialogue.
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Yong Hwee is the CEO and creative director of Patroids, a Singapore-based digital agency, and a part-time writer. He loves alternative and indie music, graphic novels, contemporary literature, mathematics, computer science and programming stuff. He received his BSc in Computing from the University of London in 1997 and served 8 years as a naval officer in the Singapore Navy.
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