Transcribed and compiled by Kwee Hui Kian Preamble: On February 5, 1994, the Straits Times (ST) published a report by Felix Soh that Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma – artistic director and resident playwright of The Necessary Stage (TNS) – were trained at workshops conducted by the Brecht Forum in New York. After this fiasco […]
Tag Archive 'political detention'
Posted in 9 the arts II on Jun 5th, 2011
Tan Jing Quee, who passed away on 14 June 2011, was a frequent contributor to s/pores. He wrote for our inaugural issue quite by chance, when two s/pores members had just got to know him then, and learnt that he had written obituaries for his friends Linda Chen Mong Hock (1928-2002), and Usman Awang (1929-2001). […]
Philip Holden Teo Soh Lung, Beyond the Blue Gate, Petaling Jaya: Strategic Information and Research Centre, 2010. In recent years, historians have increasingly written not of a single Singapore story, but of Singapore stories. Such stories are various: the experiences of political activists outside the People’s Action Party, for instance, or the lives of groups […]
Wong Souk Yee The theatre company Third Stage was formed in 1983 by a group of drama dabblers who wanted to see life in Singapore played out on the local stage in all its glory and decay. They felt that drama in English in post-colonial Singapore had arrived at its third stage of development. They […]
Jason Wee Editors: this essay was originally written for the catalogue of Raised, a mini-art carnival that was part of the Singapore Art Show 2007 [see postscript]. See the Raised blog for documentation by the project artists, Amanda Heng, Shenu Hamidun, Siti Salihah bte Mohd Omar, Sriridya Nair, Nurul Huda Farid, Joshua Yang, Justin Loke […]
Posted in 5 detention on Oct 21st, 2009
Michael Fernandez and Tan Jing Quee at the ‘Detention-Writing-Healing’ Forum Transcribed by Seet Wen Hao and Ong Pei Chey, edited by Loh Kah Seng On 26 February 2006, an idea mooted by history teacher Lim Cheng Tju to his friends in the arts scene came to fruition: to have former political detainees break the silence […]
Teng Qian Xi An edited version of this article first appeared in Today, 9 March 2006. What picture does the phrase “political detainee” conjure up for you? What picture does the phrase “political detainee” conjure up for you?
Kevin Blackburn This article was originally published in the Oral History Association of Australia Journal, no. 29, 2007. On a Saturday afternoon, 26 February 2006, over 200, mostly young people, crowded into the Recital Studio of Singapore’s Esplanade Arts Centre to listen to ex-political detainees from the 1960s and 1970s give their side of Singapore’s […]
Sai Siew Min Sometime in June this year, a friend alerted me to Alex Au’s commentary on a book launch he had attended in Malaysia. The book in question was a poetry collection, Our Thoughts Are Free
Tan Jing Quee with a poem by Usman Awang and extracts from Said Zahari‘s memoirs Photograph of Linda Chen, December 1996, courtesy of Loh Miaw Ping Linda Chen passed away peacefully on 29th December 2002, four days after she suffered a stroke at her home at Hua Guan Avenue on Christmas Day. She was cremated […]
Tan Jing Quee Ho Piao’s life can be neatly segmented into three phases, all interconnected and evolving. He was born in 1937, the year the Pacific War began, with the Japanese incursion into North-east China, which eventually led to the Japanese invasion of Malaya in December 1941. Britain resumed its colonial control over Malaya following […]