Kampong Spirit: Gotong Royong, Life In Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965

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Kampong Spirit: Gotong Royong, Life In Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965.
Publish: 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9784398602
Pages: 232
Language: English

Kampong Spirit: Gotong Royong, Life In Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965

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4.8 rating
Synopsis:

Kampong Spirit - Gotong Royong is a heart-warming recollection of life in the little village of Potong Pasir in Singapore during the years 1955 to 1965.

In this book, Peranakan author, Josephine Chia brings us into the world of her childhood in a kampong. Though deprived of modern comforts like electricity or running water, her multi-racial neighbours lived harmoniously with each other in their attap homes, and had a wonderful zest for life and a strong sense of community. This vibrant kampong spirit or gotong royong, was a significant aspect of living in a kampong.

The period 1955 to 1965 was also a dramatic era for Singapore. As the country struggled towards nationhood, the social and political events of the time are seen through the eyes of the common folk.

This collection of delightful, real-life short stories will take you through Singapore’s history and heritage at a human level. For some, it will be a journey of discovery and for others it will be a time of reminiscing for those nostalgic years.

Kampong Spirit: Gotong Royong/Life in Kampong Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965 won the Singapore Literature Prize for Non-Fiction 2014.

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Josephine Chia is happiest when she is in the dream world of writing. She has published 12 books of fiction and non-fiction in UK and Singapore. She lived in UK for over thirty years but have now returned to Singapore to live. She likes to weave anecdotes of her kampong days, Peranakan heritage, food, yoga and Singapore’s history into her stories.

Goodbye My Kampong is her sequel to her 2014 Singapore Literature Prize book , Kampong Spirit, Gotong Royong. Her first YA Fiction Novel, Big Tree in a Small Pot and her mid-graders’ Children’s non-fiction book, Growing Up In Kampong Potong Pasir were both launched at AFCC in September 2018. Her manuscript, Queen of the Sky, was shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Award 2018.

Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and local newspapers over the years, including SINGA, The Straits Times, Dying For It and Eye/Feel/Write – Building Architectonics.

Josephine has won literary prizes and awards, both in UK and Singapore. Her short story, Tropical Fever, was featured in the anthology Blood, Sweat & Tears, and was one of the finalists for the Ian St. James Awards from Harper Collins. Her other short story, A Question of Choice, was awarded the 3rd Prize in the SWWJ (Society Of Women Writers & Journalists) Theodora Roscoe/Vera Brittain Cup 2007 Short Story Prize Competition. She has also written prize-winning articles that have won her accolades from SWWJ UK.

A familiar face in the literary arts scene, Josephine has spoken in both local and international writing festivals, schools and in several literary events. Outside of writing, she enjoys activities such as skiing and ten-pin bowling, and mentors aspiring writers as well.

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