Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore

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Edited by Frank Stewart and Fiona Sze-Lorrain, Contributions by Philip Jeyaretnam, Jason Erik Lundberg, Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Ng Yi-Sheng, Wena Poon, Desmond Kon, Alfian Sa'at, O Thiam Chin, Amanda Lee Koe, Karen Kwek, Jerrold Yam, Jeffrey Greene, Nicholas Liu, Eleanor Neo, Chris Mooney-Singh, Grace Chua, Cyril Wong, Jee Leong Koh, Khoo Seok Wan, Dan Ying, Toh Hsien Min, Kim Cheng Boey and Wong Yoon Wah

In 2015, Singapore celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its independence. From its founding as a British colony with no natural resources, the country has transformed itself into one of the most urbanized and prosperous nations in the world. Just as remarkable is the harmonious diversity of the people who identify themselves as Singaporeans - a fusion of ethnicities, languages, religions, and places of origin.

Starry Island presents essays, fiction, and poetry by two dozen contemporary writers whose stories of Singapore express the complex tensions and interconnections of this anomalous, confounding, and paradoxical society. These fresh and accomplished works range from meditative essays to magical realist fiction and lyric poetry.

Photographs in Starry Island are of Singapore's ultra-modern architecture, along with archival potraits of Peranakan and Chinese families.

MÄNOA Series of International Literature
Publication Year: 2014
240 pages, 253mm x 179mm
ISBN: 978-0824-84-797-5, Paperback

University of Hawaii Press