Fictionalising the Japanese Occupation by Meira Chand, Cheah Sinnan and Warren Kalasegaran
Presented by The Arts House
How does fiction shape the construction of historical narratives and what is the role that it plays in the ways in which history is understood (or misunderstood) by readers? What can alternative narratives and stories tell us about the way history is experienced by individuals in contrast to the collective consciousness? Join us for this special panel discussion with Meira Chand, Warren Kalasegaran and Cheah Sinnan discuss these issues, in relation to their own works of fiction that explore multiple facets of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. This session is moderated by Phan Ming Yen.
About the Panellists
Born and educated in London, Swiss-Indian author Meira Chand studied and taught art before she turned to writing. She lived for many years in Japan and India before moving to Singapore, where she now resides. Her multi-cultural heritage is reflected in her novels, which explore issues of identity and belonging.
Cheah Sinann is a former editorial cartoonist with The Straits Times, where he also produced the popular comic strip The House of Lim for eight years. His cartoon strip Billy & Saltie, which highlights environmental issues in a humorous manner, appears in The Borneo Bulletin in Brunei and The Daily Frontier in Bangladesh. His collection Billy & Saltie: Cool Croc was published in 2010.
Warran Kalasegaran is a Foreign Service Officer and writer. His debut novel, Lieutenant Kurosawa's Errand Boy, was long-listed for the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction prize. Warran studied Politics with International Studies at the University of Warwick, and a Master of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo.
About the Moderator
Phan Ming Yen is the author of That Night by the Beach and Other Stories for a Film Score (2012), and also co-wrote The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015) and Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home (2016). His work has appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Best New Singaporean Short Stories and Kulit. He also contributed to the non-fiction book Singapore Soundscape: Musical Renaissance of a Global City (2014). He is director of the non-profit Global Cultural Alliance.