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, February 26, 2007

    Asia Magazine

    Hey! Bryan Choong of Oogachaga just sent me scans of the coverage we got in Asia Magazine.

    The magazine can be found in all Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlets, ComicMarts, as well as at the Images of Singapore Bookshop on Sentosa, the National Library, the Gallery Hotel, the Pan Pacific Hotel, The Ascott Apartments, SPCA, HiltonHotel KL, Shangri-la Beijing, The Kerry Centre Hotel Beijing, ThePortman Ritz Carlton Shanghai, The Pines Shanghai, The American ClubTaiwan and onboard airlines SIA, SilkAir, Sri Lankan Airlines.

    Woot! Pan-Asian outreach! Rock never die, babe.

    In other news, I saw a copy of the book selling in the branch of Popular bookstore near my home. How Heartland!

    UPDATE: Hold on a gosh-darned minute! My dad did NOT stand up with tears in his eyes at a launch at Borders! It was at the launch at Mox, and he didn't cry either - all he did was wave clownishly to say "yeah, yeah, I'm the one who sired this crazy brat". But I do still appreciate the gesture. :)


    Saturday, February 17, 2007

    What’s plu.edu.sg?

    It's a group for GLBT teachers and educators set up by SQ21's Dominic Chua... read on!..Set up in Oct 2006, plu.edu.sg is a group of queer teachers and educators from a whole range of institutions and backgrounds. We offer support to our members through regular meetings and social events; the group’s primary focus is on professional and social networking. We’ve had more than 10 gatherings so far, and we’re going strong!

    Our long-term mission is to achieve a situation in Singapore schools in which each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

    For more details (venue, etc), please get in touch with me via email at plu.edu.sg@gmail.com.

    Best wishes,


    Friday, February 16, 2007

    Regardless of Race, Language, Religion and Sexual Orientation

    That's the immensely long title given to the short film that Quak Ren Yin, Zhong Yizhuang, Chu Jialin and Tan Kaili made for their project at NTU mass comm! It's on experiences of homophobia and the gay (male) experience in Singapore. They've interviewed me, Dr Khoo Hoon Eng and Alex Au for the video.

    If you want to see the project yourself, I can lend you the DVD... or perhaps we should encourage the girls to Youtube it? (They're all straight girls, btw - just very cool).


    Friday, February 09, 2007

    Today newspaper, Thursday Feb 8 2007, pp42-43

    SQ21's been featured in Today again - this time as a self-publishing success story. Yay pink capitalism - now go buy a membership from Fridae.com, a wifebeater from New Urban Male, and a baggy T-shirt from Instant Karma.

    And if you happen to be a writer with a niche audience, such as a poet, or one writing on taboo topics, as was the case with SQ21’s authors, your chances of being taken on by a publisher are slimmer. “The publishers we approached thought it was a sensitive subject and that the book wouldn’t sell, that people would avoid it,” said Jason Wee, a poet who had a hand in the book. “They wanted to take a high-percentage commission and charge us quite a bit just to print the book to cover that risk. So we decided to just publish it ourselves and it turned out quite well.” The book sold out its first 2,000-copy print run and its second run of some 3,000 copies has been selling steadily.


    Saturday, February 03, 2007


    How come no-one told me that ex-Singapore Idol constestant and celebrity blogger Maia Lee had come out as pansexual? It's on her STOMP blog, here. Kudos to the gal. We need more out celebrities.