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[ONE STORY 21] Making Spaces for Autism Stories

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How do Singapore literature and translated works play a part in encouraging inclusion for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community?

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This programme looks at how Singapore literature and translated works play a part in encouraging inclusion for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community. Be part of this conversation on representation and social acceptance through the authors’ works.

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a.       Introductions about ONE STORY campaign, Razi (the story) & speakers

b.       Do story tropes and nuances for inclusivity differ from other genres?

c.       Challenges in conveying autism stories

d.       Stigma, discrimination, and paucity of understanding on autism and people on the spectrum

e.       Creating conversations for disability allyship

About the Speaker(s)

Moderator | Choo Kah Ying | Author, Writing Consultant & Author & Autism Advocate

Formerly an academic research writer in Los Angeles, Kah Ying is a mother, writer/editor, educator, and an advocate. Inspired by her parenting journey of Sebastien, her now 25-year-old autistic son, she has published 4 books to date, the latest of which is “Where Does My Autistic Son Belong?”. In addition, Kah Ying also conducts talks and consultations on autism, special education, and parenting. Through A Mother’s Wish (https://www.amotherswish.com.sg/), Kah Ying seeks to spread accurate insights about autism and funds programmes through sales of her books and Sebastien’s original artworks and his artwork-related merchandise.

Panelist 1 | Eva Wong Nava | Author & Autism Advocate

Eva Wong Nava was born on a tropical island where a merlion spurts water. Her ancestors braved monsoon winds sailing to British Malaya to plant roots in Southeast Asia. When the winds changed, they sailed again and found another home somewhere in the western hemisphere. She combines degrees in literature and art history and writes stories that explore identity, culture, and belonging. Eva has written an award-winning middle-grade novel and several picturebooks. She lives in London with her family, two scampering squirrels, and a regal fox. You can find out more about her here. (https://evawongnava.com)

Panelist 2 | Dr Sa'eda Buang | Author & Educator

Dr Sa’eda Buang is a Senior Lecturer in the Asian Languages and Cultures academic group, National Institute of Education (NIE) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Her research interests are in the areas of comparative literature, cultural studies, curriculum development and reformation, critical literacy, Muslim education, alternative assessments, and Jawi manuscripts.

Dr Sa’eda writes poetry, short stories, and academic papers on literature. She won the much-coveted Literary Prize (poetry) for “Pustakaku Dalam Remang Senja” (My Reading Room in the Twilight) awarded by the Singapore Malay Language Council in 2003; the Literary Prize (short story) for “Ke Puncak Pun Tidak” (To Summit No More); and the Literary Prize (commendation, poetry) for “Malang, Senda dan Citra” (Misfortune, Hope and Comedy), both in 2005. Her award-winning poem, “Pustakaku Dalam Remang Senja” was translated into Mandarin and was featured in Singapore’s Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao in 2003.

About One Story

One Story is a National Reading Movement initiative by the National Library Board to make Singapore short stories – originally written in Tamil, Malay, Chinese, or English – available in the other languages. The project aims to bring these stories to more readers beyond the language communities that they were originally written for. “Razi” is a short story by Dr Sa’eda Buang that was originally written in Malay. This book features the story in all four languages.


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