SINGAPORE, 4 September — Who we are, what are the worlds we inhabit and what are our responsibilities as denizens — these are among the many thought-provoking questions raised by the 21st edition of the Singapore Writers Festival SWF as it returns this November as the leading literary event in the region, to inspire people to come together to explore new worlds and ideas. Organised by the National Arts Council to champion and grow appreciation for literary arts and culture in Singapore, the Festival will feature an exciting line-up of influential Singapore and international writers, speakers and thinkers who will headline a multitude of literary events over two weeks, from 2 to 11 Novemberin the Civic District. The spread seeks to offer audiences a wealth of fresh perspectives on how they see themselves, as well as to explore their identities to better understand their experiences in the world s they live in.
Best known for her novel DogeatersJessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines and relocated to San Francisco in her teens. Dogeaterswhich won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award, shines a light on the many layers of Filipino society, especially the American influence prevalent in the entertainment industry. Hagedorn is also a poet and playwright.
Sarah Gambito and Joseph O. Legaspi were sitting in a hammock at a big, Filipino family gathering. Surrounded by food, love, and comradery, the two friends came to a realization: We need this in our literary lives.
Another twenty years would pass before this question was seriously reopened, along with the more fundamental question that lay behind it: whether a provincial democracy that had inherited its language and institutions from the motherland did or should have a literature of its own. Yet in every settled region of the new nation voices were raised to make the case that a distinctive national literature was desirable and, indeed, essential to the prospects of American civilization. They were analogous to, and sometimes part of, the nasty quarrels between Democrats and Whigs in which the former accused the latter of being British-loving sycophants, and the latter accused the former of being demagogues and cheats.
Or Pulitzer Prize-winner John P. Charlie Chan is as American as Jack Kerouac, that stalwart of the American hipster who was born French Canadian and spoke the dialect of joual as his first language. Call it the melting pot or the pu pu platter, but Brahmin Boston is where the chop suey of Charlie Chan was first stir-fried by the Harvard-educated Biggers, only to be recast later by wisecracking screenwriters and directors in bronzed and lacquered Hollywood.
These prolific authors fuse Asian identity into their work by touching upon themes of tradition and displacement. In addition to writing, Khong is the founder of The Rubya work and gathering space for creative Bay Area women. In the novel, a North Vietnamese sleeper agent in the South Vietnamese army is exiled to the United States, where he resides in a South Vietnamese community.
For the purpose of this post, "Asian-American" refers to Americans or those who identify as American of any Asian descent. Alexander Chee is an essayist and the author of the novel Edinburgh and the forthcoming The Queen of the Night. Chee was the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award in
America has a great and proud literary tradition. Novels, plays and poems pour out of the United States, with increasing numbers of women, African American, Native American and Hispanic writers making a strong contribution. Other laureates include such household names as T. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck.
The celebration observes those whose ancestry extends to the Asian continent as well as the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Even the rain …. I bought socks for my family….
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