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Singaporean author to know: Melissa De Silva wants to raise awareness that "Others" is not a race

The local author, who is of mixed heritage, is trying to reclaim culture. It isn't easy, but it's worth a shot
 

Melissa is no stranger to expressing herself through words, with more than 10 years of experience as a magazine journalist and editor, including a nomination for Journalist of the Year at the Mediacorp News Awards in 2006. Writing the book, though, was an introspective challenge.

Singaporeans don’t think too much about race issues. A positive spin you can put on that is that as a people, we are much more integrated than in many other countries. But race relations are out there in the void decks, in our kopitiams, and on TV.

As U2 sang so plaintively on One, “We’re one, but we’re not the same.”

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She’s already working on her second book, a historical novel set in 1906 Malaya that explores further the dynamics of class, ethnicity and power – as experienced by Eurasians in the British colonial era.

“Awareness,” she adds, “is the first step to reclaiming our culture.”more integrated than in many other countries.

She’s already working on her second book, a historical novel set in 1906 Malaya that explores further the dynamics of class, ethnicity and power – as experienced by Eurasians in the British colonial era. “Awareness,” she adds, “is the first step to reclaiming our culture."

Image credits

ART DIRECTION Shan

DIGITAL IMAGING Sebastian Lee

STYLING Violet Foo, assisted by Praveena Ravin

HAIR & MAKEUP Zoel Tee, using Hanz De Fuko & 3INA

This was first published in the May issue of our magazine.

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