When have you had so much fun your smile hurt your cheeks ? We just had a dance show, School of Hawaiian Hula Singapore - Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi'ilani and Ori Tahiti Singapore did a Polynesian cultural dance show together. It was DYNAMITE !!!! We not only had too much fun doing it but we also raised awareness of Polynesian culture. I am so blessed to be able to share Hawaiian culture and practices with Singapore and with Asia. Mahalo Ke Akua for this privilege and mahalo e ke Kumu Leihiilani Kirkpatrick for being my Kumu Hula and letting me be your disciple. I am learning so much about the wisdom of the Hawaiian people from you. Me Ke Aloha !
A student of the Hawaiian ways, Alaka'i Kapuananiokekukui Namiko Takahashi Chan-Lee
All photos courtesy of Ng Choon Jeow. Mahalo Choon Jeow for such amazing and beautiful shots !
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(Namiko's Facebook post, 18 December 2018)
Nature, unfettered, unruly and untamed, runs counter to the planned orderliness of our urban cityscape. As we constantly calibrate our living spaces, nature and concrete jostle for room in our living environment. What emotions, thoughts and reflections are evoked as we interact with nature or when our direct environment alters? Join Marc Nair and Aaron Lee for an evening of poetry and conversation, as they navigate the effects of nature on our lived environment, and what it means to live in a particular place.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
BooksActually, No. 9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 168645
Presented by Ethos Books
Event details here
"Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral." - John Burroughs
"Believe one who knows; you will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters." -St. Bernard de Clairvaux
Limited tickets at $25, get them here!
The Singapore Writers Festival 2018 just wrapped. It was a wonderful 10-day feast of significant ideas and powerful writing. I was honoured to have been invited to deliver a lecture on the social impact on the nascent technology known as blockchain, and its underlying philosophy of democratizing and socializing value of all kinds. I gave examples of innovative blockchain projects that try to do good things— such as giving one billion refugees their own digital identity; freeing money to uplift poor communities; stewarding one's own carbon footprint and managing one's reputation (social credit or "digital word of mouth"). I also cautioned about this particular technology's ability to commodify and exploit many aspects of the human being, to rigidly insist on crowdsourced "truth", to erode personal privacy and eliminate the basic "human right to be forgotten". Viewed through the lens of blockchain, the ancient Nguni Bantu proverb "I am who I am because of who we all are" suddenly seems to become less wisdom and more a dire prophecy.
(Photo by Shing Tay)
Quirky, fantastical yet somehow familiar, "Forage, Voyage" is a piece of wall art that begs the question of what it means to be on life's journey. Whose is the disembodied arm that rows this ark, chock-full of stuff? Are they necessities or impedimenta? No one appears to occupy the swing hanging from the tree. What about the crew dotted on the vessel, who all seemingly have important tasks but no arms to perform with? Why are there potted plants on board? Why is the ship's anchor devoid of heft, no more than a drawing? So what does the artist think this world is? What does she think it should be? Who, where, and most importantly why is all this? Curlicues of meaning and more questions are evoked as we behold this philosophical showpiece. -Aaron
LittWorld 2018, the triennial world conference of Christian publishing, has just wrapped up in Singapore. Friends and delegates from the book industries of 52 countries were in attendance. I am deeply honoured to have been invited to compose a poem with the conference theme "The Word Made Fresh". Thanks to all for the warm response as it was read aloud for the very first time at the closing reception last night. AMDG.
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The poem “The Word Made Fresh” by Aaron Lee (Singapore) was composed as a "twin cinema", a poetic form newly invented in Singapore. The visual layout of this poem is that of an open book, and the twelve-line text may be read in two columns as well as across. The words and phrases in this poem pay tribute to the beloved pastoral theologian Eugene Peterson, who embodied the conviction that all Scripture is a conversation. Peterson was promoted to glory on 22 October 2018.
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"The only cultural goods that ultimately matter are the ones that love creates". - Andy Crouch, CULTURE MAKING
Yesterday was a red-letter day for jazz maestro Louis Soliano and dance choreographer Low Mei Yoke who were awarded the Cultural Medallion, Singapore's highest honour in the arts; and five artists - playwright Faith Ng, visual artist Hilmi Johandi, sound designer Lim Ting Li, dancer and choreographer Mohamad Sufri Juwahir, and conductor and music director Zulkifli Mohamed Amin who received the Young Artist Award.
President of the Republic Halimah Yacob and Minister Grace Fu presented the honours at the Istana. Glenda Chong put us at all ease and steered the proceedings with flying colours. I was glad to enjoy the warm fellowship in the arts community.
The National Arts Council deserves kudos for its great work.
(Aaron's Facebook post, 24 Oct 2018)
Big thanks to Evergreen Secondary School and its terrific team of educators for hosting the Ethos Books team at its Poetry Day. Christine Chia, Hao Guang, Theophi Kwek and I each facilitated poetry appreciation workshops for different groups of 14 and 15 year olds. For my "Lines Spark Code" workshop, I engaged the students in understanding how the study of Singapore-made poems helps us see the universal in the specific, the familiar in the foreign, and vice versa. I gave a little reading at the end of poems by Heng Siok Tian, Simon Tay and yours truly.
Special thanks to Kah Gay and team for inviting us to partner with Ethos in its year-round schools programme!
(Photos by Evergreen Secondary School staff)
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