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A brilliant take off on the absurdity of moral and ethical policing In another memorable story Bugis by Alfian Sa At an encounter with a transvestite opens a teenager’s eyes to the shallowness of the world around her and to her own hidden desires Set in the small towns and cities of Malaysia and Singapore these stories capture the richness and complexity of life in a region that is an extraordinary blend of different races languages and cultur This book reveals the plights fears hopes and dreams of Chinese Malay and Indian people living in Singapore and MalaysiaIf I read this all by myself I might have rated it 2 But Prof has taught me to read between the lines Thus I am enlightened on how to approach a literary text like this and thus rated it 4 Some of the stories criticize the attitude of certain people For example 'Bugis' by Alfian Saat portrays the pretentious of Salmah transgendered people and Bangladeshi man at Bugis Street in Singapore Salmah is pretentious because she wears 'tudung' to attract her crush's attention The narrator is sick with Salmah's attitude of wearing ‘tudung’ but she still hold her boyfriend’s hand in public The narrator and I feels that Salmah is pretending that she is a good girl but the truth is she is not There are people out there who do this Wearing 'tudung' to look like a nice and decent girlThis book goes beyond the stereotypes For example we stereotype the Chinese people as money makers and geniuses But 'Tragedy of My Third Eye' by Suchen Christine Lim portrays that there are Chinese pupils out there who can't speak English language and there are still Chinese people who use chamber pot and work as prostitutes My favourites are 'Kimmy' by Ovidia Yu and 'Tragedy of My Third Eye' by Suchen Lim Both are written by Chinese When I read these two I get emotional wanna punch some of the characters and hug those poor childrenThere are 19 short stories If readers approach it for entertainment purpose they will rate it 1 or 2 stars But if readers approach it for educational purpose the rating of 3 or 4 is guaranteed

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The Merlion and the Hibiscus Contemporary Short Stories from Singapore and MalaysiaThe Merlion and the Hibiscus brings together the work of nineteen exceptional writers from singapore and malaysia Written over the last fifty years these stories reflect the richness of a multicultural society and its experience of war and colonialism In Gopal Baratham’s The Interview a veteran of the Second World War looks back on his years as a Japanese prisoner of war and his uniue relationship with his interrogator In Tragedy of My Third E This collection of short stories from Singapore and Malaysia was a nice read but I just can't get that into most short stories I did find a couple authors whose novels I want to read howeverThe stories discuss a variety of issues spanning 3 generations and several ethnic religious and linguistic groups on the Malayan peninsula I enjoyed learning about Malaysia and Singapore and was pleased that I was familiar with some scenery food and words since I've visited and studied the countries a littleBut I had plenty of words to look up on the internetDespite being pretty much postcolonial in nature the stories follow traditional narrative form possibly because as the Introduction discusses literature from nations outside the UK was not studied in schools until recentlyThe stories touched on issues of British colonialism Japanese imperialism and war cruelty in WW2 life and death personal stories military gender and sexualityThe collection was entertaining and interesting and I could make some personal connections because of the storytelling and because of limited knowledge of the areaThe stories are accessible and easy to read for anyone save for limited vocabulary in multiple languages sometimes i didn't even know which language a word was in so i didn't know where to look to find the meaning this is also a plus reflecting the rich diversity of malaysia and singaporemy only complaint is that there are no stories from writers from Borneo East Malaysia nor from Orang Asli or Dayak writers indigenous people So I will search for stories and novels by Dayak and Bornean authors

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The Merlion and the Hibiscus Contemporary Short Stories from Singapore and Malaysia eBook Æ Paperback Read Ý gymapparel ↠ [Reading] ➽ The Merlion and the Hibiscus Contemporary Short Stories from Singapore and Malaysia ➳ Michelle A. EdwaYe Suchen Christine Lim writes of Ping a six year old who would rather be an outcaste than a slave and ends up paying the price for this both at school and at home In Victoria and her Kimono M Shanmughalingam parodies the legacy of colonialism Also in this collection are deeply insightful and entertaining stories about a generation grappling with issues of religious ethnic and gender identities Catherine Lim’s Write Right Rite for instance is I'm not usually a fan of short stories but I enjoyed this book a lot This is a lovely collection of stories all very well written and entertaining It is also a wonderful introduction to Asian litterature for those who are unfamiliar with it especially since it gives many different perspectives The writers belong to three different generations which also adds to the interest of the stories The stories I enjoyed most are Write Right Rite by Catherine Lim The Interview by Gopal Baratham and Mala by KS Maniam