IMHO is a meeting place of ideas and discussion for the vast body of international non-fiction writing, whose ideas and problems has shaped the modern world since the beginning of the 20th century. Each session examines one seminal non-fiction work and will be moderated by Cheong Suk-Wai.

How to Win Friends and Influence People
18 Jul, Thu, 7pm | Living Room
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To be interesting, be interested.”  - How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Following a successful first season, the IMHO series returns with How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, moderated by Cheong Suk-Wai. First published in 1936, Carnegie’s self-help book has sold over 15 million copies and was listed in Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential books. In it, he expounded ways to make people be more likeable, be better leaders and to achieve their maximum potential in the competitive modern age. His advice included the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment. Now, in the age of digital and social media his text seems more relevant than ever in examining the ways we interact and conduct ourselves with each other.

Written Country: The History of Singapore Through Literature edited by Gwee Lee Sui
15 Aug, Thu, 7pm | Living Room
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(Special edition to coincide with LumiNation)

Written Country intriguingly reconstructs the history of modern Singapore through fifty defining moments from the Fall of Singapore to the passing of Lee Kuan Yew.

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
17 Oct, Thu, 7pm | Living Room
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In this Pulitzer-prize winning book, Jared Diamond attempts to explain why Eurasian and North African civilisations have survived and conquered others, while arguing against the idea that Eurasian hegemony is due to any form of Eurasian intellectual, moral, or inherent genetic superiority.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
12 Dec, Thu, 7pm | Living Room
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One of the New York Time’s Best Books of 2006, Michael Pollan investigates why omnivores, the most unselective eaters, are faced with the dilemma of food choice. Pollan suggests that, prior to modern food preservation and transportation technologies, this particular dilemma was resolved primarily through cultural influences.


Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do by Michael J. Sandel
20 Feb, Thu, 7pm | Living Room
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In his acclaimed book based on his own teachings at Harvard, Michael Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today from marriage, euthanasia, abortion, national service and the moral limits of markets―Sandel discusses the big questions of political philosophy and current issues to show us how a philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions.


Food, Foodways and Foodscapes ed. by Lily Kong and Vineeta Sinha
16 Apr 2020, Thu, 7pm | Living Room

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In this incredible collection of essays, Lily Kong and Vineeta Sinha explore how the food we consume, the ways in which we acquire and prepare it, the company we keep as we cook and eat, and our preferences and practices are all revealing of a larger economic, social, cultural and political world, both historically and in contemporary Singapore. Dealing with the intersections of food and ethnicity, gender and class, food hybridity, innovations and creativity, heritage and change, globalization and localization, come join this discussion on how intrinsic food is to our identity as a nation.


About Cheong Suk Wai

imho cheong suk wai Cheong Suk-Wai has been a lawyer and journalist for more than 20 years, and a writer of prose, poems and songs for even longer than that. With 32 national and international writing awards to date, she is the author of four books including The Architecture Of Atmosphere (2012); the official SG50 book Living The Singapore Story (2015); and In Chambers: 150 Years of Upholding the Rule of Law (2017), the first book to record the past 150 years of Singapore's Attorney-General Chambers’ history.




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