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The Location of a Name

Posted by inspir3d on August 21, 2006

“Ong Soh Chin (Straits Times, Review, 19/8/06, p. S10) has written a thought-provoking review of the recently staged play National Language Class inspired by the painting of the same name by Chua Mia Tee (above). For Ong, the interplay of Malay and Chinese languages and personas in the play-painting produces poignant questions of national identity. The questions scribbled on the chalkboard in the play-painting, ‘siapa nama kamu?’ (what is your name?) and ‘di-mana awak tinggal?’ (where do you leave?), exemplify the questions that need to be asked of Singaporeans today, forty-one years after independence.” …more (Singapore Angle)

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