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From Latin gaudium meaning joy, Gaudy Boy publishes books and media that delight readers, listeners, and viewers with the various powers of art. The name is taken from the poem “Gaudy Turnout” by Singaporean author Arthur Yap, about his time abroad in 1970's Leeds, UK. Similarly inspired, Gaudy Boy brings literary works by authors of Asian heritage to the attention of an American audience. We publish poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction of exceptional merit. Season 1: Malay Sketches is a collection of stories that borrows its name from a book of anecdotes by colonial governor Frank Swettenhem describing Malay life on the peninsula. In Alfian Sa’at’s hands, these sketches are re-imagined as flash fictions that record the lives of members of the Malay community in Singapore. With precise and incisive prose, Malay Sketches offers the reader profound insights into the realities of life as an ethnic minority.

From Latin gaudium meaning joy, Gaudy Boy publishes books and media that delight readers, listeners, and viewers with the various powers of art. The name is taken from the poem “Gaudy Turnout” by Singaporean author Arthur Yap, about his time abroad in 1970's Leeds, UK. Similarly inspired, Gaudy Boy brings literary works by authors of Asian heritage to the attention of an American audience. We publish poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction of exceptional merit. Season 1: Malay Sketches is a collection of stories that borrows its name from a book of anecdotes by colonial governor Frank Swettenhem describing Malay life on the peninsula. In Alfian Sa’at’s hands, these sketches are re-imagined as flash fictions that record the lives of members of the Malay community in Singapore. With precise and incisive prose, Malay Sketches offers the reader profound insights into the realities of life as an ethnic minority.
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From Latin gaudium meaning joy, Gaudy Boy publishes books and media that delight readers, listeners, and viewers with the various powers of art. The name is taken from the poem “Gaudy Turnout” by Singaporean author Arthur Yap, about his time abroad in 1970's Leeds, UK. Similarly inspired, Gaudy Boy brings literary works by authors of Asian heritage to the attention of an American audience. We publish poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction of exceptional merit. Season 1: Malay Sketches is a collection of stories that borrows its name from a book of anecdotes by colonial governor Frank Swettenhem describing Malay life on the peninsula. In Alfian Sa’at’s hands, these sketches are re-imagined as flash fictions that record the lives of members of the Malay community in Singapore. With precise and incisive prose, Malay Sketches offers the reader profound insights into the realities of life as an ethnic minority.

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@sgunbound1

Language:

English


Episodes

Malay Sketches #4 - Visitors

12/3/2018
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A student in New York, Hidayah finds it a challenge to introduce herself to others. There are sixteen permutations to the four categories of Asian, Malay, Muslim, and Singaporean. When her parents decide to fly halfway around the world to visit her, she has to consider too how she will re-introduce herself to them. Jeremy Tiang, author of State of Emergency, reads and responds to the story.

Duration:00:17:14

Malay Sketches #3 - A Howling

11/26/2018
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Muslims are not supposed to touch a dog as it is regarded as an unclean creature. When Zaiton sees her neighbors’ domestic helper Sinta walking their dog, she thinks she knows what her privileged Chinese neighbors are like. From Alfian Sa’at’s Malay Sketches, the story “A Howling” is read by playwright and Singapore Unbound fellow Nur Sabrina bte Dzulkifli, who also gives her personal response to the story.

Duration:00:18:22

Malay Sketches #2 - The Hole

11/19/2018
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A son. A father. A hanging. A useless identity card delivered with official tact. Why then does it burn the recipient? Martha Cooley, author of the novel The Archivist and the memoir Guesswork, reads the searing story “The Hole” by Alfian Sa’at and responds to its pathos.

Duration:00:17:17

Malay Sketches #1 - A Hantu Tatek Story

11/10/2018
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According to Malay folklore, a Hantu Tetek is a female ghost who murders young children staying out late at night. She kills them by squeezing their head between her breasts. She is not carnal, unlike her more famous cousin, the Pontianak. In some versions of the folklore, the breasts of the Hantu Tetek swarm with maggots. Sarimah, the story’s protagonist, recalls these tales of the buxomy ghost as she confronts news of her own mortality. “A Hantu Tetek Story” is read by novelist Gina...

Duration:00:08:26