‘Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History’ at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art: A Review/Memory

The following is a personal account of CHENG Nien Yuan’s visit to this exhibition, which foregrounded to her not only the construction of state narratives but, inadvertently, of the curatorial staging of narratives in the gallery. In the spirit of the exhibit, she writes in the present tense as she remembers a past. It is … Continue reading ‘Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History’ at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art: A Review/Memory

The ending of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye… and what it says about history-telling

PoP's performance studies/oral history person Cheng Nien Yuan talks about the critically-acclaimed, award-winning graphic novel that-shall-not-be-named. Specifically, she looks closely at the last few impactful pages of the book.  Friends of mine know I think about food. A lot. When I look at the edges of my closed, worn copy of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, … Continue reading The ending of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye… and what it says about history-telling

Ex-political detainee Dr Poh Soo Kai’s (Singapore) book launch for ‘Living in a Time of Deception’ at Sydney University

This book launch, organised by the Sydney Southeast Centre and held at the Law Lounge at the University, was attended by PoP!'s Natali Pearson and Cheng Nien Yuan. Here are Nien Yuan's thoughts on the successful, and important, night below. All photos of the launch are credited to SSEAC's Samuel Bashfield. Singapore turned 51 this year. To celebrate … Continue reading Ex-political detainee Dr Poh Soo Kai’s (Singapore) book launch for ‘Living in a Time of Deception’ at Sydney University

Of Puppets and Polyvocality: The XIXth International Oral History Association Conference in Bengaluru, India 27 June – 1 July 2016

In early July, our oral historian CHENG Nien Yuan attended the International Oral History Association’s 2016 Conference in Bengaluru, India. What did she expect of the conference and how did it turn out? How was Southeast Asian oral history represented in the panels? Read on to find out! I didn’t really know what to expect before arriving … Continue reading Of Puppets and Polyvocality: The XIXth International Oral History Association Conference in Bengaluru, India 27 June – 1 July 2016