AFCC 2018 Public Programme | Children Magazines and Stories in Singapore


Children Magazines and Stories in Singapore
Speakers: Edgar Liao, Li Zhiping
Moderator: Lim Cheng Tju

Kwan Shan Mei was a pioneer in illustrating children stories in books, magazines and textbooks in Singapore. However, she did not work in a vacuum. From the 1950s to the 1980s, the publications for children and youth were very varied - from the UK weeklies of Beano, Dandy and Look and Learn to the Chinese periodicals such as World Children and Children's Paradise and the youth magazines like The Young Malayans and Youth Monthly, these reading materials aimed to shape the hearts and minds of the young of a new nation. This panel will explore the rich reading culture of that period.

This session is presented in conjunction with the Kwan Shan Mei: Drawing From The Heart exhibition, as part of the 9th edition of the Asian Festival of Children's Content.


About the Speakers

Edgar is a PhD candidate in the University of British Columbia's Department of History. He is currently working on his PhD dissertation project on the history of youth in modern Singapore. The research is mainly funded by a Canada Vanier Graduate Scholarship and the Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship for the Humanities. He has taught in the NUS Department of Historypreviously and is co-author ofThe University Socialist Club and the Contest for Malaya (Amsterdam University Press; NUS Press, 2012).

Li Zhiping was born in Putien, China and immigrated to Singapore at a young age. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese Studies, and is currently working as a teacher in a local junior college.


About the Asian Festival of Children's Content

The Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) is a one-of-a-kind festival that aims to promote and celebrate the creation, development, and appreciation of quality Asian content for children. The Singapore Book Council has been organising the Asian Children's Writers and Illustrators Conference since 2000.

Leveraging on the success of this conference. it has since expanded to become a premier regional event that brings together esteemed local and international talents including writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, distributors, as well as parents and children.

Now in its 9th year running, the SBC is committed to expanding AFCC to boost its capacity, outreach and overall impact. At its maximum potential, AFCC can influence and impact the educational growth and development of approximately two billion children in Asia.

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Sat Aug 25, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM SGT
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Multipurpose Room, B1, Central Public Library
General Admission FULL
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100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064 Singapore
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