Author: Peter Soh

SHORT STORY | Not All Men Are From Mars by Peter Soh

Screenshot from THE ARROW When Zahid first told me to meet him at Taipan station over the phone, I could not figure the word as it was not written in our chat box an hour before I reached Subang Jaya. “Daiban? Did he mean Saipan? That’s impossible. Taipei? Don’t be silly Ben, you are in Malaysia.” I tried to deduce the word from the two syllables that starts and ends in a consonant but I failed to comprehend the slur through Zahid’s breathy voice. “I am very sure the station is not named after Saipan or Da Ban (Osaka in Mandarin). So, what...

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How Does One Write Fiction About A Specific Culture Or Tradition?

The Peranakan Phoenix. Image sourced How does one write a short story or heck, even novels based on or set in a specific culture or tradition? When I was invited by writer, academician and cultural activist Lee Su Kim to her latest book launch of Manek Mischiefs: Of Patriarchs, Playboys and Paramours at the recently held George Town Literary Festival 2017, I immediately knew that there was nothing more fulfilling than getting an interview with someone who knows her stuff. Perhaps it is bias of me to interview Su Kim simply because she is my favourite Malaysian writer ever since...

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Here’s why Malaysian schools need performing arts in their curriculum

All images credit Sivaraj Murty Conventional academic discipline does not necessarily nurture confidence and creativity in children. The answer is in the performing arts. Soonufat Supramaniam, an English teacher at SMK Lubok Buntar has been experimenting with the performing arts in teaching and he bears testimony to the power of the arts to inject confidence into his students. “Through the performing arts, we get to stimulate and promote interesting learning experience while injecting a sense of possibility among the students because there are no specific rules in the realm of arts,” Soonufat, a teaching alumnus of Teach For Malaysia says....

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