SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century
  • by Ng Yi-Sheng, published by Oogachaga, available from all major bookstores in Singapore and Fridae.com
  • Monday, September 04, 2006

    The Border Patrol!

    In other news, our Borders liaison sent us some good tidings:

    Hi Yi-Sheng,

    Hey you! Good news .... U are no.1 on our best seller non-fiction list! The sales of last weekend's event well performed even better than Neil Humphreys' new book :)


    In fact, a few evangelicals have already turned this to their advantage. We've been told by someone who was just reading SQ21 at the store that two guys came up to him and asked him if he'd like to go to their church on Sunday. He suspects that their Presbyterian church is targeting guys who're buying the book - no proof of course, but if it's true, it's a simple testament of the efficiency of Singapore's strategists. ;)


    • At 6:58 PM, Blogger Eirin AI said…

      hi yi sheng

      i am lester, a student who jus bought the book yesterday and is already 3/4 thru it. i really like it very much. it provides such a wonderful accounts of all the ppl featured and what touched me the most is that of Dr Khoo.

      i manage to find Dr Khoo's NUS email, as i am a student there. i have corresponded with her, and i really shared with her my views and how respect is very important to not only show respect to our children, but to everybody. love is not enough to sustain the shock, respect is. this is because respect to every life comes deep from within our heart, our lives. she is very nice too, having sent to me a whole list of infor on supports groups and etc for GLBT in sg.

      i am a buddhist, and well, i really hope that if there is another book, u can feature buddhists too. i have my own buddhist support group. we belong to this japanese buddhism school, which has a huge GLBT following in the west. it is quite famous in fact. anyway, from what i have seen, i am very happy to tell u that, in my religion, there are GLBT groups, be it small group sessions (like the christian cells) or national wide group for my religion in both america and UK. i belong to their international group, where i have know GLBTS from all corners around the world, and we are all practising Buddhism together. in fact, a fren from london has put together a book on accounts on those who struggled with their sexuality and eventually lead happy lives thru their practise and not trying to change themselves. in fact, a fundamental aspect of Buddhism is to respect all lives, and that everyone of us are unique, all have our own potential, and that we are all equal. that is the reason why i am attracted to Buddhism in the first place, and that my faith has help me in my coming out to myself (which is the first step) and also to some others.

      over here in singapore, because of the government's clamp on gays, we are not able to publicly form our group, but we have such a wonderful discussion everytime we meet. our group is also growing larger, and i dare say, thru our practise, and also support, we are able to lead happy and value creative lives.

      sorry if i talked so much about my religion but i wanna share about my happiness with many people. my coming out process was hard too, but then now i am so at ease with my sexuality that i dun care if ppl find out. it doesnt matter, as what matters most is my life. how am i going to live my life. we are all part of this society, not apart. :)

      thanks so much for the book. i am reading it on the bus, and everywhere. on the way to school, at home, on the train etc. haha. i wanna let the whole world know that finally, there are individuals who are not afraid of discrimination, and willing to stand up to fight for what's right and for human rights. this is what society should be. if society lose the will to fight, it will only mean the decline of the human spirit.

      thanks so much once again. :)

      lester lam

    • At 3:35 PM, Blogger Eirin AI said…

      oh ya, do u have another autograph session again? :) thanks

    • At 5:50 PM, Blogger mskittin said…

      congrats on being #1 on the non-fiction best-seller list!!!


    • At 5:29 PM, Blogger Adrian - Fitness Maniac, Wanderlust, Novice yuppie said…

      Very well-done. Congratulation for the SQ21 to be top#1 for non-fiction book if the claim by mskittin turns out to be true.


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