Where do we come from, and how to we narrate the stories of our pasts - of our selves? How do we reconcile history with contemporary Asia's rapid changes? In this talk, award-winning novelist Tash Aw explores the panoramic cultural vitality of South East Asia through his own complicated family story of migration and adaptation. From a taxi ride in present-day Bangkok, to eating Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1980s Kuala Lumpur, to his grandfathers' treacherous boat journeys from mainland China in the 1920s, Aw weaves together stories of insiders and outsiders, images from rural villages to megacity nightclubs, and voices in a dizzying variety of languages, dialects, and slangs.
This talk is co-organized by The Select Centre and National Gallery Singapore.
When: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew's Road, #01-01, Auditorium, City Hall Wing, Basement 1, Singapore 17895
Admission: Free. RSVP here.