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Biographies are listed by family names in alphabetical order. Some biographies are still being constructed.


Fairoz Ahmad holds a Masters of Social Sciences (Sociology) from NUS. He had previously served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance. Fairoz is currently a lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic and Executive Director of the award-winning non profit organization, Nusantara Development Initiatives, which empowers rural Indonesian women to end energy poverty.

Ang Song Ming makes art about music. www.circadiansongs.com (Oct 2009)

Annaliza Bakri is an educator and translator. She​ obtained her B.A, from the Asian Languages & Cultures Department, Nanyang Technological University and her M.A, from the Dept. of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore. She ​led a cultural-literary seminar series (CITA@The Arts House) in 2012 and 2013. She represented Singapore in the MABBIM Seminar 2012 and performed her translation of an award-winning novel, Batas Langit at the Singapore International Storytelling Festival in 2014.

Yu-Mei Balasingamchow is a writer. She studied English and history at Northwestern University in the US on an Overseas Merit Scholarship (Teaching) from the Singapore Public Service Commission. She completed her scholarship bond on 14 July 2005 (as far as she knows, anyway – she never got PSC to verify the exact date). She is the co-author of the forthcoming Singapore: A Biography, a popular history of Singapore. She divides her time between living in Singapore, where she writes about history, film and culture, and travelling across Asia, researching and writing for travel publications such as Lonely Planet. (Jul 2009)

Kevin Blackburn lectures in history at the Humanities and Social Studies Education Department, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. (Oct 2009)

Dr Chen Chi Nan is the the third son of Dr Chen Su Lan (1885 – 1972), who was among the first seven graduates of the King Edward VII Medical School in 1910 that was the original institution of NUS. Chen Su Lan was closely associated with the Methodist Church in Singapore. He founded the Chinese Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in 1945 and formed the Chen Su Lan Trust in 1947. The Chen Su Lan Trust is still active in philanthropic giving today, particularly in the field of education. (Bio by K.C. Chew; Jun 2009)

Cecily Cheo is an artist, educator and writer.

Terence Chong is a sociologist at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Larry Choy, an educator, is one of Singapore’s earliest comics critic. He wrote for The Sunday Monitor and BigO.

Chua Beng Huat is concurrently Professor of Urban Studies, Yale-NUS College and Professor, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. His most recent books are Structure, Audience and Soft Power in East Asian Pop Culture and Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore. He is co-executive editor of the journal, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.

Fadli Fawzi is currently working in the legal industry. He has interests in a wide range of areas ranging from religion, history, politics and the law.

Mark Ravinder Frost studied history at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and is currently Research Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong. Between 2005 and 2007, he worked as Content Designer and Senior Scriptwriter for the National Museum of Singapore’s award-winning Singapore History Gallery. He is the author of the forthcoming books Singapore: A Living History and Enlightened Empires: New literati in the Indian Ocean world, 1870-1920. (Jun 2009)

Daniel PS Goh is assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. He teaches Race and Multiculturalism, and Environmental Sociology, but researches on state-formation and culture. He was a member of the s/pores editorial collective up to Sep 2012 (Jun 09).

Vanessa Ho is the Programme Coordinator of Project X, an organisation that advocates sex workers’ rights in Singapore.

Ho Weng Hin is an architectural restoration specialist and architectural historian, and received his postgraduate training in Genoa, Italy. Besides working on historic monuments in Singapore and Malaysia, he is currently co-authoring “Our Modern Past: Modern Architecture in Singapore 1920s-70s”, commissioned by Singapore Heritage Society and partially sponsored by the URA. Ho was former Editor of “Singapore Architect”, the bimonthly professional journal of the Singapore Institute of Architects. (Jul 2009)

Philip Holden researches Singapore and Southeast Asian literatures in English. From 2000-2018 he was Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, and he has also served as Vice President of Singapore Heritage Society. (Sep 2018)

Nurhaizatul Jamil is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on women’s informal Islamic religious education. She is broadly interested in gender, history and political economy, race and postcoloniality, and social media.

Faris Jorami has recently obtained his BA(Hons) in History at Yale-NUS College. His research interests lie in the narrative traditions, cultural politics and intellectual history of the Malay world. He has written for a number of platforms, including s/pores, Mynah Magazine, New Naratif, Karyawan, Passage, Budi Kritik and 天下雜誌  (Commonwealth Magazine, Taiwan).

FONG Hoe Fang and CHAN Wai Han both have printing ink on their hands since school days. Two years apart in age, they met in the Social Work Department of the University of Singapore on Bukit Timah campus in 1975 after Fong completed his national service. Neither went into direct social work practice after graduation, but they had never left their first love for looking at their society, warts and all. And still trying to make a difference through their publishing efforts.

Nicolas Lainez is a PhD Candidate at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (France), a Research Associate at IRASEC (Bangkok), and a photographer for OnAsia Photos.

Lu Huiyi is a final-year undergraduate from the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Ho Jin Yee graduated from the NUS History Department in 2015 and has since become a PR professional.

Hong Lysa, a historian, is the co-author of The scripting of a National History: Singapore and Its Pasts (2008). She is a s/porean. (Jul 2009)

Eric Khoo, is a Cultural Medallion recipient who put Singapore on the international film map with his first feature Mee Pok Man (1995), which was screened at Berlin and Venice. He followed on with 12 Storeys (1997), the first Singaporean film to be officially invited to participate in the Cannes Film Festival. He went on to make Be With Me, My Magic, and his latest, Tatsumi is his first foray into animation. He draws comics, sometimes.

Koh Hong Teng is a comic artist and painter based in Singapore. He published the graphic novels Gone Case Book 1 and 2 with writer Dave Chua in 2010 and 2011 respectively. In 2011, he was one of the recipients of the Arts Creation Fund from the National Arts Council. In 2012, he was commissioned by the National Library Board to illustrate a 16-page comic story for the irememberSG project. He is also an external examiner at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts for final year projects in Illustration Design.

Kwee Hui Kian is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on Southeast Asia and South China, where she has examined various themes relating to colonialism, capitalism, political economy and diasporic entrepreneurship, from the seventeenth century to the present. Currently, besides archival and library research, she is also doing fieldwork and collecting oral histories in many Chinese temples and related associations in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. When she has spare time, she tries to gather data on the history of her parents’ old kampung near the Paya Lebar airport. (Jun 2009)

李慧玲,新闻工作者,曾经担任《联合早报》驻香港、北京记者。也是公民团体圆切线创社社员。 Lee Huay Leng is a journalist who works for Lianhe Zaobao. She was its correspondent in Hong Kong and Beijing and she is now based in Singapore. Huay Leng is also the founding member of Tangent, a civil society group. (Jul 2009)

Dr Lee Tzu Pheng is one of Singapore’s most distinguished poets. A retired university lecturer, she is an award-winning poet who has published in anthologies and journals internationally. Her most famous poem, My Country and My People (1976), was once banned from being read over the national radio. (Mar 2010)

Edgar Liao is a PhD. candidate in the Department of History, University of British Columbia.

Lim Cheng Tju is an educator who writes about history and popular culture in Singapore. His articles have appeared in Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Journal of Popular Culture and Print Quarterly. He is also the country editor for the International Journal of Comic Art. (Jun 2009)

Francis Lim teaches in the Division of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University. His research interests include religion, tourism and globalization, covering various Asian regions. (Jun 2009)

Loh Kah Seng is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). He has a keen research interest in Singapore history, particularly the official use of history, the Great Depression, leprosy, the student movement, and oral history and memory. (Jul 2009)

Michelle Loh is teaching Arts Policy at Lasalle College of the Arts. She is also a full-time PhD candidate with Goldsmiths University of London, and a full-time mom. Her arts background is in music. (Mar 2010)

Nurul Fadiah Johari is a researcher, and is active in groups advocating for Muslim women’s rights in Singapore. She co-runs Penawar, a support group for women raised in the Muslim community, dealing with negative experiences from patriarchal interpretations of religion. She has also written pieces in local publications such as Perempuan: Muslim Women in Singapore Speak Out (2016), Growing Up Perempuan (2018) and Budi Kritik (2018). She is currently interested in examining the intersecting problems of patriarchy, capitalism and racism, and their implications on mental health and trauma, especially in the lived experiences of minority women.

Leslie Low makes music with The Observatory who has just released their 5th album Catacombs in April this year. Along with collaborations as MAGUS’ Sun Worshipper on Ujikaji Records(Singapore) and ARCN TEMPL’s Emanations of a New World on UTECH Records(US). He has released a number of solo albums over the years that revolve around home recordings of voice and guitar. There will be a new album of instrumentals available for download in the upcoming months via his website. (www.leslielow.com)

Yvonne Low is a PhD candidate with University of Sydney, Department of Art History and Theory. She completed an MA (by research) on Singapore’s Modern Art in 2009 and tutored courses in Asian Art History at Nanyang Technological University in 2010. Her present PhD project focuses on aspects of women’s art in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Siti Hazirah Mohamad is a researcher whose interests revolve around issues of youth justice and popular culture. Her honours thesis explored conceptions of Malay youth delinquency among Malay youth workers. Her MA thesis interviewed Malay youths in various homes in Singapore. The narratives of these youths were then juxtaposed with images of “delinquent” Malay youth as reflected through a popular Malay local drama. She is also interested in issues surrounding gender and Islam and the ways in which they are connected in everyday life.

Oh Yong Hwee is the CEO and Creative Director of Patroids Creative Works, a Singapore-based creative agency. He enjoys the challenge of conceptualising ideas that blend creativity and technology, and has won awards and accolades on the local, regional, and international stage. In July 2011, Yong Hwee and Hong Teng were invited by the Straits Times to imagine how a Singapore superhero would be like. Yong Hwee earned his BSc in Computing from the University of London while serving as a naval officer in the Singapore Navy.

Clarissa Oon is a full-time writer and mother who has written about the arts, politics and social issues.

Dr Poh Soo Kai is a medical doctor. He was a founder member of the University of Malaya Socialist Club, and one of the students charged with sedition in the Fajar trial in 1954. A former assistant secretary-general of the Barisan Socialis, he was detained on two separate occasions for a period totaling seventeen years.

Angelia Poon teaches and does research on Singapore and postcolonial literatures at the National Institute of Singapore, NTU. Her students are all would-be Literature teachers. Her most recent work focuses on elitism, meritocracy and the figure of the government scholar in Singapore literature (September 2018).

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Alfian Sa’at is the Resident Playwright of W!LD RICE. He has been nominated for the Life! Theatre Awards for Best Original Script eight times, and has received the award thrice. He was the winner of the Golden Point Award for Poetry and the National Arts Council Singapore Young Artist Award for Literature in 2001. His other publications include Collected Plays One and Two, the poetry collections One Fierce Hour and A History of Amnesia, and the short story collections Corridor and Malay Sketches

Sai Siew Min is a Taipei-based Singaporean who researches Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia with a focus on imperial formation in Southeast Asia, the cultural politics of colonialism and nationalism, language, race and Chineseness. She is a founder member of the s/pores collective.

Fiona Tan completed her B.A. (Hons) in History at the National University of Singapore on a scholarship provided by the Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation for people with disabilities. Her aversion to being typecast and fear of not being sufficiently detached from the subject  has prevented her from attempting to write about disability issues but that is gradually changing. Recognition of the need to do so trumps her hesitation.

Tan Jing Quee is a lawyer. He was a former President of the University of Malaya Socialist Club. Jing Quee co-edited with Jomo K. S. Comet in the Sky, a volume of essays commemorating Lim Chin Siong. A former political detainee, Jing Quee has recently co-edited with Teo Soh Lung and Koh Kay Yew Our Thoughts Are Free, a collection of poetry composed by former political detainees in Singapore. (Jul 2009)

Kevin YL Tan is a scholar of law and history and has been active in Singapore civil society for many years, having served as President of the Roundtable (1999–2001); the Singapore Heritage Society (2001-2011) and currently of the International Council of Sites and Monuments (ICOMOS, Singapore) (since 2013). He is the author and editor of over 50 books on the law, history and politics of Singapore and is currently Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and Visiting Professor at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.

Tan Pin Pin is a filmmaker who explores the notion of Singapore in her films. Her credits include Singapore GaGa, Invisible City, Moving House. 80km/h. www.tanpinpin.com.

Tan Shzr Ee is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, currently researching musical activities on new media platforms in the Chinese diaspora as well as folksong of Taiwan’s aborigines. Her research touches on phenomena ranging from viral videos to politico-musical activism on the internet. Shzr Ee is also an active musician in London, playing the piano, accordion and other lutes and fiddles in classical, jazz tango, Balkan Chinese and Okinawan bands. (Mar 2010)

Tay Kay Chin, a former newspaper photographer and design director, splits his time these days on his personal documentary projects, teaching photojournalism at the university, and selected commercial projects. (Mar 2010)

Phoebe Tay is a Gallaudet alumni who graduated in 2017 with a MA in International Development and a MA in Linguistics. Prior to that, she worked as an educator of the deaf in Australia. She is currently working for the Deaf Bible Society as a Linguistic Research Specialist under their Institute of Sign Language Engagement and Training (ISLET). She hopes to be able to contribute to the Deaf community in Singapore in the future.

Teng Qian Xi is a writer. Her interest in political detention in Singapore was prompted after reading Comet in our Sky: Lim Chin Siong in History at eighteen. Her first collection of poetry, They hear salt crystallising, will be published at the end of 2009. (Oct 2009)

Joseph Tham is a history educator as well as an independent researcher. His research interests include local and global avantgarde, alternative and underground musics, histories and subcultures. He used to run a record shop, Flux Us, and had organised gigs for local and international experimental and avant-garde artists.

Thum Ping Tjin is a PhD candidate in Modern History at the University of Oxford, UK. His interests include Chinese migration and the relationship of the Chinese diaspora to colonisation and decolonisation. (Jan 2008)

Yogesh Tulsi is a first year student at Yale-NUS College. He plans on majoring in either Literature or History, and is particularly interested in Singapore history. He enjoys filmmaking, bad movies, and Penang hokkien mee.

Professor Wang Gungwu is the Chairman of the East Asian Institute and University Professor, National University of Singapore. He is also Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University. Prof Wang’s bio at the East Asian Institute’s website

C. J. W.-L. Wee teaches English and cultural theory at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. He is the author of Culture, Empire, and the Question of Being Modern (2003) and The Asian Modern: Culture, Capitalist Development, Singapore (2007), and recently co-edited Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research (2010). His present interest is in the formation of and the relationship between contemporary arts, literature and capitalist development in Singapore and in East Asia. (Mar 2010)

Jason Wee is an artist and a writer. He also runs Grey Projects, an alternative arts project space, www.greyprojects.org (Mar 2010)

Wong Souk Yee is a founding member of the socially conscious and path-breaking theatre group Third Stage. She and four others in the company were detained by the Internal Security Department in 1987 for alleged involvement in a “Marxist conspiracy”.

Jacqueline Woo has a BA in History and has a keen interest in the field of religion and disability. She hopes to see more local churches stepping up to integrate disability culture in church practices. She is currently a part-time writer.

X’Ho : Singer/author/DJ/culture-observer. Currently creaming in his grizzled jeans, re-defining Singapore radio on Sonar Internet radio http://facebook.sonar.sg, especially on Mondays where he explores the reality in Singapore with the audacious Monday-feature RealityRadio (11pm-2am). His alter-ego is also having a fiery blast as DJ Mentor on Sonar Black, the black-metal show set in fictitious SingaHell (also on Sonar, every Thursday & Friday 12midnight – 2am). In between work & radioplay, he listens to Emmylou Harris, Tim Buckley, Peggy Lee and Judy Garland.

Alvan Yap has been an educator, writer and editor for 16 years. His stint as a special education teacher included a year-long overseas assignment with the Singapore International Foundation. Alvan also worked as an advocate with the Disabled People’s Association and was deputy director of the Singapore Association for the Deaf.

Sallie Yea is Assistant Professor at Humanities and Social Science Education (HSSE), National Institute of Education.

Robert Yeo : poet, playwright, novelist and former senior lecturer, Division of Literature and Drama, School of Arts, National Institute of Education. He is the president of The Association for Literature Education (TALE) and is often associated with his second generation literary contemporaries, poets Lee Tzu Pheng and Arthur Yap. Robert Yeo’s bio at the National Library Board’s Infopedia

Khairulanwar Zaini is a teaching assistant at the National University of Singapore.

Kuansong Victor, Zhuang is currently pursuing a PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, focusing on a cultural analysis of the construction of normalcy and inclusion, and the experience of disability in Singapore. His first MA was in History from the National University of Singapore where his research focused on the history of disability in Singapore, tracing the emergence of various discourses of disability and how these were performed, understood and embodied in disabled people.  He was awarded the Chevening Scholarship in 2013 to pursue a second MA in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds where his research focused on a social model analysis of disability policy. He has worked in SG Enable for 6 years before embarking on his PhD and has also served as a grassroots volunteer for over 10 years.

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