Gorgeous Nanyang: Arts. Advertisements, Crossover Singapore
This book includes the 17 academic papers on Singapore’s literature, history, paintings, calligraphy and consumption written by Associate Professor I Lo-fen. The researches stretched across the end of the 19th century to the 21st century, explored the cultural traits of Singapore from the “crossover” point of view.
Singapore as an island nation, its regional, geographical and ethnic conditions formed a “crossover” phenomenon. The various forms of “crossover” are depicted by:
Physical movement: For example, people who came from China, such as Huang Zun Xian, Xu Bei Hong, Cui Da Di, Ling Shu Hua, etc. They participated in the development in politics, arts and Chinese education of Singapore at different point of time. Bali Painting by pioneer artists such as Liu Kang had initiated the Nanyang style of arts.
The multiple types of art: The paintings of Su Xue Lin and Zhong Mei Yin; the penmanship of female poet Lu Bi Cheng; the promotion of vernacular literature by calligrapher Pan Shou in his early years, and the switch to classical poetry after mid life; Painter Ye Zhi Wei portrayed the connotation of ink paintings through oil paintings.
The combination of words and images in the cultural production: For example, the cigarette advertisements on Singapore’s Lat Pau, the medication advertisements of Wing On Tong medical products on the news paper in East Asia.
From what this book depicts, readers can understand the “crossove” nature of Singapore from the actual materials. From “crossove” to “merge”, it displays the significance of Singapore’s arts and culture in the world.
This book is also a gift to celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence.