Select Books is pleased to invite you to a book reading for Kampong Spirit: Gotong Royong - Life in Potong Pasir, 1955 to 1965, by Josephine Chia, on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:00pm.
Kampong Spirit is a heartwarming recollection of life in the little village of Potong Pasir in Singapore during the years 1955 to 1965. Peranakan author Josephine Chia brings us into the world of her childhood in a kampong. Though deprived of modern comforts like electricity or running water, her multi-racial neighbours lived harmoniously with each other in their attap homes, and had a wonderful zest for life and a strong sense of community. This vibrant kampong spirit, or gotong royong, was a significant aspect of living in a kampong.
The period 1955 to 1965 was also a dramatic era for Singapore. As the country struggled towards nationhood, the social and political events of this time and their effects are seen through the eyes of the common folk.
This collection of delightful, real life short stories will take you through Singapore's history and heritage at a human level. For some it will be a journey of discovery and for others a time for reminiscing.
About the Author
Josephine Chia graduated from Singapore University with an Honours Degree in Philosophy and from Bath Spa University, UK, with a Masters in Creative Writing. In 1992, she became one of the winners of UK’s Ian St James Awards for Short Fiction, the first Singaporean to win it. She recently returned to live in Singapore after being in UK for thirty years.
Ethos Books will be launching the second edition of her first novel, My Mother-In-Law’s Son, on Saturday, 9 November, 5:00pm, at the Arts House, in conjunction with the Singapore Writers Festival.
Josephine writes both fiction and non-fiction and is published in Singapore, Malaysia, UK and USA. An Indonesian publisher is currently translating Frog Under a Coconut Shell into Bahasa Indonesia. Kampong Spirit is her eighth book.
Date and Time
Saturday, 21 September 2013
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