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WhyNot is a Singapore based Chinese Literary magazine, started by a group of NTU Chinese Studies graduates in 2012. For this issue, we are featuring renowned essay(散文)writers like Quah Sy Ren(柯思仁), Tan Chee Lay(陈志锐)and Ng Wai Choy(吴韦材)as they answer questions pertaining to essays and memory. How “real” is one’s memory? How well can essays re-present these memories? Join us as we uncover the complex relationship between reality and its re-presentations! In addition, we have also included interviews with 5 renown writers in our special segment, Tan Wah Peow(陈华彪), Pan Zheng Lei(潘正镭), Oliver Chong(钟达成), Ng Yi-Sheng(黄毅圣)and Chua Chim Kang(蔡深江), as they share with us their reading habits.

WhyNot Vol 4 also feature many interesting works from young and budding writers, ranging from poetry, essays, to short fiction. For poetry, we have works from Yeo Min Hui(明慧), Empty Totoro(空·龙猫), Irene Oh(爱妮), Wang Mun Kiat(黄文杰), Gu Xingzi(孤星子), Malaysian poet Luo Luo(罗罗) and Taiwanese poet Amang Hung(阿芒). For essays, we have selected the work of Lixie(李邪), a multi-talented theatre practitioner to share with us her opinions on actors and acting. As for fiction, Teo Kok Keong(张国强) will be delighting our readers with the story of a girl who has the ability to “penetrate” walls.

Finally, our column features an article from LGBT activist and writer Ng Yi-Sheng(黄毅圣). This article is a brief history of the LGBT community in Singapore and their “bad romance” with the local authorities. In short, their relationship is like a waltz. Locked in each other’s embrace they are simply taking the same steps over and over again. Two steps to the front, two steps to the back.



另外,本刊的性别专栏也收录了黄毅圣(Ng Yi-Sheng)的文章。此文章概括了新加坡酷儿群体简史,并且描绘了该群体与政权之间的“bad romance”。这一场“恋情”犹如一场原地旋转的华尔兹舞,两方紧锁在彼此的怀里,两步向前,两步向后。

- paperback: 127 pages
- product dimensions: 175 x 260 mm
- ISBN: 978981095860204