30 Nov '17, 8am

Bangladeshi construction worker publishes poetry book in Chinese

SINGAPORE - Bangladeshi construction worker Md Mukul Hossine's new poetry book Braving Life, which was written in Bengali, has been translated not just into English but also Chinese. The book, which contains the English and Chinese translations, was launched at Nanyang Girls' High School on Thursday (Nov 30). The Chinese translation was done by a group of 10 Secondary Three students from Nanyang Girls' High School, many of whom had not interacted closely with a migrant worker before. One of them, 15-year-old Liu Jiahui, had first met Mukul at a Migrant Poetry Evening he had organised and was struck by a powerful reading of his work in Bengali despite not understanding it. Translating his work was not easy, she said: "His emotions are so raw, and we needed to keep his voice intact." But she hopes this can help him find a new audience among not just Singaporean Chinese reade...

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