Aftermath: Navigating post-war Singapore Society through Chinese Literature 《走进战后（1945-1965年）的新马社会》
Presented by The Arts House
《战后新马华文小说评论》is a new book of literary criticism by Singaporean writer Lee Chuan Low analysing seminal short stories by 24 Chinese writers created from the post-war decades of 1945 to 1965, most of whom have been forgotten by history. Through years of research, Lee unearths unique flavours of these post-war literature, which are often marked by a strong anti-colonial sentiment, social realist portrayals of living conditions, as well as depictions of the Chinese education system and labour movements. In this session based on the book, Lee goes in dialogue with featured veteran writers Xie Ke and Xia Bin, to analyse the content and styles of the wealth of literature produced in these tumultuous years of recovery and reconciliation, shedding light on their contemporary relevance.
This talk is conducted in Mandarin.
About Lee Chuan Low (Moderator)
Lee Chuan Low (b.1957) is an award-winning writer and editor of numerous Chinese short stories, literary reviews and essays. He is currently the vice president of the Singapore Literature Society and serves as chief editor of the organization’s news bulletin. Lee is also a long-time member of several local and international literary groups such as the Tropical Literature & Art Club and World Chinese Literature Association.
About Xie Ke (Panellist)
Xie Ke (b.1931) was born Seah Khok Chua. He embarked on his writing career in the 1950s, publishing his fiction book《为了下一代》, followed by others such as《困城》,《新加坡小景》and《学成归来》. His writings captured valuable facets of social life during watershed moments in Singapore history such as the Chinese high school movements of the 1950s, Singapore’s move to self-governance and pre-independence years.
About Xia Bin (Panellist)
Xia Bin (b.1934) was born Yio Kang Liang. An ardent writer since his student days, Xia Bin was swept up in the 1950s labour and student movements, eventually joining a labour movement himself upon graduation. There, he collected rich life experiences as sources of inspiration for his writing. At 27, he published his collection of short stories 《火的回忆》. In 2012, he was an editor for《英殖民地时代新加坡学生运动珍贵史料选》published by Grassroots Book Room.