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want to tell stories about us, about Singapore. Because I’m planted here, you know? My soul is here, my... https://t.co/0rIwTwwmWl

want to tell stories about us, about Singapore. Because I’m planted here, you know? My soul is here, my... https://t.co/0rIwTwwmWl

Tucking into Teochew muay , home-cooked with love by Grandma! Thomas Lim’s journey towards writing Grandmother Tongue began far away from home. He was studying drama in Exeter when he started thinking about the languages we love… and the ones we’re forced to learn. “In my first term, there was a module that taught us different ways to think about things,” explains Thomas. “The post-colonial lecture really got to me. It made me question how a great deal of our identities are products of decisions made by other people.” One of those decisions is the bilingual language policy that has long been a fact of life for students in Singapore. Apart from English, everyone is required to study their mother tongue as a second language. For Chinese students, that takes the form of mandatory Mandarin classes. “I found myself wondering why I studied Mandarin in school,” Thomas recalls. “T...

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