The Komagata Maru in Singapore: 16 September 1914

“Sikhs aboard Komagata Maru”, circa June 1914
Source: Vancouver Public Library

In Singapore, 100 years ago today:

From The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada’s Colour Bar (UBC Press), by Hugh J. M. Johnston

I am doing some reading and hope to look further into the Singapore “connection” soon. In the meanwhile, you can read more about the Komagata Maru and Baba Gurdit Singh here: x, x, x.

How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position, by Tabish Khair

“You know, one goes through life and is grateful for the love one gets and gives. It is never exactly what one has dreamt of or what one is capable of. The glass is never more than half-full. But even that is a gift; so many people do not even get that. I have been lucky in my relationships; I have had my glasses filled to half again and again, and sometimes perhaps even a bit more. I have never expected anything more. […]

But when I saw you at Unibar that night, I realized for the first time that, at least for me, the glass can be full. That it can brim over. It was frightening, this knowledge. I tried to push it away. But I could not. I know now that I do not care what you feel; I am grateful to discover that, yes, our glasses can fill to the brim. That it is possible. Just that knowledge is enough, and I wanted to thank you for it.”


I’ve come across a few interesting job postings in the local (Singapore) arts sector recently, and have been sharing the links with friends who are looking, so I thought I’d just put together a quick list here, for ease of reference and in case it’s helpful to anyone.

All links lead to the original job postings I came across.

Asian Film Archive

  • Outreach Manager
  • Technical Officer
  • Administrative Officer

Apply by 31 July 2014 for all three positions.

City Nomads

Emily Hill Enterprise Ltd.

JUICE Magazine

Nanyang Technological University’s Creative Writing Programme

*Soon Lee (Not an arts organisation, but a rather pretty boutique.)

Time Out Singapore

Other Opportunities:

Applications to the National Arts Council’s annual Mentor Access Project, a mentorship programme for emerging writers, close on 31 July 2014, 5pm local time. It costs $500, or $350 for students / NSF / senior citizens. This is the official MAP Facebook page (IMHO, this page is sorely lacking in information and updates).

Apply to the Southeast Asian Film Lab 2014, a writing workshop for Southeast Asian screenwriters / writers / directors. It will run from 8-14 December 2014 and accommodation costs will be covered. Apply by 15 September 2014, 6pm local time.

The National Library Board is accepting applications for its Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship. Apply by 25 July 2014.

The Independent Archive and Resource Centre seeks volunteers to assist with cataloguing and organisation efforts.

I have no personal connection to any of the above organisations, am just passing on the info. Perhaps I’ll do more such round-ups if people find them useful!

On the Ms. Marvel Covers

So I was just rereading Ms. Marvel #4, and it struck me that there’s been some interesting progression with the main (by which I mean non-variant) covers over the course of the first four issues. I’ve been really into the Ms. Marvel costume from the start—I don’t refer to my Jamie McKelvie Costume Design Shrine lightly—but four issues in, I feel fairly confident in saying that I really dig the cover art so far for this series.

What I really like is how, with each cover, they’ve been revealing not just the details of the Ms. Marvel costume, but also conveying Kamala Khan’s development, her transformation, as she grows into this newfound aspect of her identity:

Ms. Marvel #1 by Sara Pichelli

Ms. Marvel #1
Art by Sara Pichelli

The much-anticipated premiere issue’s cover is a cleverly inclusive one: not even the heroine’s whole face is revealed, which is why #iammsmarvel! And so are you! From what we can see, Kamala Khan is just like any other teenage girl: school books in one hand, stacks of rings and bracelets on her fingers and wrist, low-slung jeans held up by a chunky belt (the latter can be seen here but is obscured by the red strip on the final cover). Over at the official Ms. Marvel tumblr, series editor Sana Amanat has written how particular elements on the cover pay subtle homage to Kamala’s culture and faith. This is achieved without drawing too much attention to itself.

And finally, when you start reading the comic you see how beautifully expressive—by turns lively, petulant, determined, annoyed—Kamala’s eyes (kudos to Adrian Alphona) are, and for me this makes the decision to not show her eyes on the first cover all the more impactful.

Issues #2-5 behind the cut; only very very minor spoilers for the series!