Building Histories

Mrinalini Rajagopalan’s Building Histories, is at once an ambitious and intimate study of the meeting points between monuments and the construction of historical narrative. Ambitious in the scale of her enquiry into the deep myth-making propensities that can be traced

Building Histories

Mrinalini Rajagopalan’s Building Histories, is at once an ambitious and intimate study of the meeting points between monuments and the construction of historical narrative. Ambitious in the scale of her enquiry into the deep myth-making propensities that can be traced

Humanitarianism in Modern China

In the early 1930s when the Kuomintang and the Communist Party fell into their most furious battle, the Japanese invaded China. At this, the Chinese intellectuals raised the anti-fascist banner. They ran publications and wrote articles in Shanghai to save

Humanitarianism in Modern China

In the early 1930s when the Kuomintang and the Communist Party fell into their most furious battle, the Japanese invaded China. At this, the Chinese intellectuals raised the anti-fascist banner. They ran publications and wrote articles in Shanghai to save

Why Only Art Can Save Us

  In Why Only Art Can Save Us, Santiago Zabala uses a wide range of visual works to make his point about how the contemporary world may survive the onslaught of what he terms “essential emergencies”. His interests lie with

Why Only Art Can Save Us

  In Why Only Art Can Save Us, Santiago Zabala uses a wide range of visual works to make his point about how the contemporary world may survive the onslaught of what he terms “essential emergencies”. His interests lie with

A Chimney (part 2)

  (read part 1 here)   It happened a year after the Korean War broke out, Japan regained its own sovereignty by becoming a disarmed state: “Japan desires, as a provisional arrangement for its defense, that the United States of

A Chimney (part 2)

  (read part 1 here)   It happened a year after the Korean War broke out, Japan regained its own sovereignty by becoming a disarmed state: “Japan desires, as a provisional arrangement for its defense, that the United States of

A river rears up

  Jen Crawford’s Koel opens with a call, a call not of the insistent summoning variety but a calling forth of variety itself. This first poem in the collection, “Abandoned House Music”, is full of the vibrancy that makes up

A river rears up

  Jen Crawford’s Koel opens with a call, a call not of the insistent summoning variety but a calling forth of variety itself. This first poem in the collection, “Abandoned House Music”, is full of the vibrancy that makes up

Singapore: Unlikely Power

Singapore spent 2015 celebrating its jubilee as sovereign state, an event overshadowed by the death of its first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, whose People’s Action Party (PAP) has steered the island-nation’s development since independence in 1965. As the nation

Singapore: Unlikely Power

Singapore spent 2015 celebrating its jubilee as sovereign state, an event overshadowed by the death of its first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, whose People’s Action Party (PAP) has steered the island-nation’s development since independence in 1965. As the nation

Giving Ground

  Theophilus Kwek’s 2011 debut, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue, had announced the arrival of a unique and authentic voice who wrote beyond the usual tropes that have come to be identified with Singaporean writing: identity, memory, nostalgia, victimhood,

Giving Ground

  Theophilus Kwek’s 2011 debut, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue, had announced the arrival of a unique and authentic voice who wrote beyond the usual tropes that have come to be identified with Singaporean writing: identity, memory, nostalgia, victimhood,