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The Passion of Kenny Pereira: The Gay Eurasian Soldier of Michael Chiang’s “Army Daze” and His Legacy
The Passion of Kenny Pereira: The Gay Eurasian Soldier of Michael Chiang’s “Army Daze” and His Legacy is a lecture from the Salon series, part of The Substation's Discipline the City programme for 2017.
Most Singaporeans will certainly recall Michael Chiang's highly successful and extremely patriotic comedy, "Army Daze". This portrayal of National Service was both a pioneering English-language play (1987) and film (1996), and is noteworthy for its inclusion of a coded queer character: Kenny Pereira, a flamboyantly effeminate Eurasian recruit. Examine the political, social and cultural confluences that led to the creation of this character, the nuances of his role and his diverse interpretations, and his arguable legacy in Singaporean theatre and film.
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About the speaker
Ng Yi-Sheng is a Singaporean writer and LGBT activist. In 2008, he won the Singapore Literature Prize for his debut poetry collection last boy. His other books include the novel Eating Air and the recently published Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience. He is a founding member of the spoken word troupe Party Action People and an organiser of the annual queer literary reading ContraDiction. He has also created performances with companies such as TheatreWorks, W!ld Rice, Toy Factory Theatre, Musical Theatre Ltd and Dance Fission. He tweets and Instagrams at @yishkabob
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