16 Jul '11, 5am

Meet Jessie Ren, one of Singapore's disappearing icons

Jessie Ren and her tiny calligraphy stall wouldn’t be out of place in a mid-1900s Singapore street scene. For a small fee, she’ll deftly paint your name and whatever other Chinese characters you want on paper. It may sound like a trivial job, but people like her once provided an essential service when the island was bursting with illiterate immigrants from China. In fact, Ren, 42, herself hails from the Shandong province in the mainland. An engineering graduate, she came to Singapore in 1998 to work on a project for the Housing Development Board (HDB). After her contract expired in 2001, she did what her forerunners did – resort to her knowledge of Chinese calligraphy – to continue to support herself and her son in Singapore. These days, though, her customers are Chinese-illiterate tourists rather than migrants, and her writing appears on souvenir scrolls, not documents. R...

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