Growing Up in Kampong Potong Pasir by Josephine Chia
Peranakan author Josephine Chia nearly did not go to school as her family was too poor in the 1950s. She was born and brought up in Kampong Potong Pasir until its dissolution in the 1970s. To fulfil her dream for an education, her beloved mother sold nasi lemak to fund Josephine's schooling. In this talk, Josephine will share her memories of her kampong, her Peranakan heritage and life in Singapore in the 1950s.
About Josephine Chia:
Josephine Chia is a Peranakan Author who writes both fiction and non-fiction and is internationally published with nine books. Her book, Kampong Spirit, Gotong Royong, Life in Potong Pasir about her growing up years in a small village in Singapore won the Singapore Literature Prize for Non-Fiction in 2014. It is currently being translated into Malay by local publisher, Pustaka Nasional. Her memoirs, Frog Under A Coconut Shell has been translated into Bahasa Indonesia by Serambi, Indonesia. Her latest novel, launched in November 2015, When A Flower Dies, deals with the history of the East Coast Land reclamation, told through the eyes of a fictional Peranakan lady.
Josephine was the first Singaporean to be short-listed for UK’s prestigious Ian St. James awards for short fiction in 1992 and her story was published by Harper Collins in an anthology. She has won other literary prizes. Several of her short stories are published in UK, USA, Singapore & Malaysian anthologies. Josephine has lived in UK but now lives in Singapore.