14 Jul '17, 5pm

An Alternative History of Singapore, Through a Comic Book

Photo The graphic artist Sonny Liew in his studio in Singapore, which is decorated with his drawings and cutouts of his characters. He has written an alternative history to the government creation story. Credit Sim Chi Yin for The New York Times SINGAPORE — For half a century, Singapore ’s creation story has been one of tough love. It goes something like this: Newly independent from its bigger neighbor Malaysia, small and vulnerable in the middle of the Cold War, beset by Communist infiltrators and surrounded by domino nations, Singapore finally found stability and a road to prosperity when its founding father, Lee Kuan Yew , defeated dangerous left-wing opponents, regrettably by having many tossed in jail. This young nation’s narrative has been hammered home in textbooks, the mass media and television shows. To oppose it meant risking detention without trial, costly libel...

Full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/world/asia/sonny-liew-...

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