Strangers on a Pier: A Talk by Tash Aw


Strangers on a Pier: A Talk by Tash Aw

Thu, Mar 31, 2016


Free admission

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 Southeast 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-organised by The Select Centre and National Gallery Singapore.

Admission is free! Donations at the door are welcome. Select is a nonprofit. Please support us and our programmes!

About Tash Aw

Born in Taipei to Malaysian parents, Tash Aw grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to Britain to attend university. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, The Harmony Silk Factory (2005), Map of the Invisible World (2009), and Five Star Billionaire (2013), which have won the Whitbread First Novel Award, a regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and twice been longlisted for the Man Booker prize; they have also been translated into 23 languages. His short fiction has won an O. Henry Prize and been published in A Public Space and the landmark Granta 100, amongst others. He is currently Writer in Residence at Nanyang Technological University. His latest book is The Face: Strangers on a Pier (2016).

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Thu Mar 31, 2016
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
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