24 Mar '17, 12pm

"On the surface, this film seems just like an anthology of xinyao 新谣 music over its active decade in the 80s and... https://t.co/tAc67jOq4d

On the surface, this film seems just like an anthology of xinyao 新谣 music over its active decade in the 80s and early 90s, something made for diehard fans of xinyao. But the film The Songs We Sang by Eva Tang proves to be more than nostalgia or a trip down memory lane. It is a history lesson that answers and also raises so many questions, with a undeniable nuance of pain and regret. Like why Mandarin has become the poorer cousin of English as choice language among many Singaporean Chinese. Like the tumultuous chapter in Singapore’s education history that is Nanyang University. Framed against the socio-political events that shaped Singapore and our culture, the film depicts a coming-of-age of our identity and attaches context and meaning behind the most recognisable xinyao hits sung over the years. Many Singapore films have been made in tribute to xinyao such as Lim Suat Ye...

Full article: http://www.sindie.sg/2017/03/stop10-mar-2017-songs-we-san...

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