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¸ Ministry of Moral Panic Ü Download by ☆ Amanda Lee Koe There is a deftness of touch, a sureness of intent, a knowingness of accomplishment that makes it hard to believe that Ministry of Moral Panic is Amanda Lee Koe s first book of fiction She has marked out in virgin territory a realm of her own, a kingdom of weird, non conforming, stubborn passions in Singapore And she has done so without resorting to the usual pieties of understanding and tolerance She has looked directly at the contorted subject and drawn every contortion that she could see Love between a senile Chinese high society woman and a successful but aging Malay rocker with three wives read the opening story Flamingo Valley Art as vengeance by a Chinese Singaporean artist for unrequited love from an Iranian Muslim reporter read Carousel Fort The manipulations of love read Pawn to find who is making use of whom, the middle aged Chinese Singaporean office virgin or the Chinese Chinese food stall boy The attraction between a high living, and dying, female globetrotter and a teenage girl trying to come into her own person read Alice, You Must Be the Fulcrum of Your Own Universe Inter species love read Siren, a fantastic tale about the one night passion between a sailor and a mermaid, and the seductiveness of their offspring, a ladyboy with both a slit and a stick Perfectly capable of writing the well crafted traditional short story, Koe experiments confidently with narrative form as well The urban pastoral Every Park on This Island is written in sections headed by the names of parks in Singapore The most powerful of these experiments is the Fourteen Entries from the Diary of Maria Hertogh, a Dutch girl raised by a Malay Muslim family, who was forcibly reclaimed by her Dutch parents by resorting to British law, and then transplanted to The Netherlands, where she did not take root Yes, a few of the stories are slight, not in length, but in substance Two Ways to Do This does not improve even in its second variation the experience of rape is described with great acuity, but the folkloric magical elements are unsurprising Laundromat is as bland as the sociological experiment that it describes Nevertheless, the collection is eminently readable I should know I read it straight through all fourteen stories on my flight from Singapore to New York I had not been able to read on a plane for a while Too uncomfortable and distracted But these stories carried me to the end.
Meet An Over The Hill Pop Y Y Singer With A Faulty Heart, Two Conservative Middle Aged Women Holding Hands In The Gal Pagos, And The Proprietor Of A Laundromat With A Penchant For Cantonese Songs Of Heartbreak Rehash National Icons The Truth About Racial Riot Fodder Girl Maria Hertogh Living Out Her Days As A Chambermaid In Lake Tahoe, A Mirage Of The Merlion As A Ladyboy Working Orchard Towers, And A High Stakes Fantasy Starring The Still Suave Lead Of The S TV Hit Serial The UnbeatablesHeartfelt And Sexy, The Stories Of Amanda Lee Koe Encompass A Skewed World Fraught With Prestige Anxiety, Moral Relativism, Sexual Frankness, And The Improbable Necessity Of Human Connection Told In Strikingly original Prose, These Are Fictions That Plough, Relentlessly, The Possibilities Of Understanding Singapore And Her Denizens Discursively, Off Centre Ministry of Moral Panic Is An Extraordinary Debut Collection And The Introduction Of A Revelatory New Voice Superb through and through Ministry of Moral Panic s stories are evocatively heartland in a Singaporean sense and aptly rebellious I find it delightful to be able to see characters that I encounter day to day have their place in a literary world Amanda Lee has portrayed them honestly and what is the most beautiful thing she has done is to not pale her characters personalities and quirks to their surroundings and influences While some Singaporean writers are quick to do this revolve their stories around our Singaporean values, places or their strong feelings about Singapore itself, Lee has stood her ground in centering hers on her characters Her characters, Deddy Heikel, Zurotul, the China boy from Harbin are portrayed first as human beings with greed, lust, desire and motivations before they are seen as a Malay rockstar or a maid or a chinese hawker To see ordinary characters in Lee s world, I am able to see the transcendence of what it means to be human regardless of them being a Singaporean or someone from abroad Lee has indeed celebrated the human sentiment as something that unifies us all.
She has also cleverly created the quintessential Singaporean the Malay, Chinese or Indian that can fluidly interchange his racial role with another I love how her characters are not distinctly Malay or Chinese They can be the Malay boy who loves a Chinese girl or the Chinese Girl who loves a Western Boy This transcends what ever divisions that we are made to believe as Singaporeans, subconciously or not Lee speaks from a unique position, not tainted by racial stereotypes even though she does acknowledges they have come to shape a Singaporean person largely But what triumphs in the end is her ability to show how she breaks through these very labels through her characters Her stories tell mostly of the need to escape to escape from the roles that a Singaporean is supposed to undertake, or those the society has given or simply the very human desire to escape from their present condition And indeed she has performed a very great escape consistently throughout all her stories Lee escapes through time, from an insight through Maria in Fourteen Entries from the Diary of Maria Hertogh or simply even through the character Sledge who travels in the form of developing her perspectives about the world with her relationship with Bear, an American boy, in Every Park in Singapore Moral Panic is a contemporary take on what it means to grow up a Singaporean or to live in Singapore and grappling one s humanness against the tide of every imaginable influence and expectations that comes with being in this country.
There is a deftness of touch, a sureness of intent, a knowingness of accomplishment that makes it hard to believe that Ministry of Moral Panic is Amanda Lee Koe s first book of fiction She has marked out in virgin territory a realm of her own, a kingdom of weird, non conforming, stubborn passions in Singapore And she has done so without resorting to the usual pieties of understanding and tolerance She has looked directly at the contorted subject and drawn every contortion that she could see Love between a senile Chinese high society woman and a successful but aging Malay rocker with three wives read the opening story Flamingo Valley Art as vengeance by a Chinese Singaporean artist for unrequited love from an Iranian Muslim reporter read Carousel Fort The manipulations of love read Pawn to find who is making use of whom, the middle aged Chinese Singaporean office virgin or the Chinese Chinese food stall boy The attraction between a high living, and dying, female globetrotter and a teenage girl trying to come into her own person read Alice, You Must Be the Fulcrum of Your Own Universe Inter species love read Siren, a fantastic tale about the one night passion between a sailor and a mermaid, and the seductiveness of their offspring, a ladyboy with both a slit and a stick Perfectly capable of writing the well crafted traditional short story, Koe experiments confidently with narrative form as well The urban pastoral Every Park on This Island is written in sections headed by the names of parks in Singapore The most powerful of these experiments is the Fourteen Entries from the Diary of Maria Hertogh, a Dutch girl raised by a Malay Muslim family, who was forcibly reclaimed by her Dutch parents by resorting to British law, and then transplanted to The Netherlands, where she did not take root Yes, a few of the stories are slight, not in length, but in substance Two Ways to Do This does not improve even in its second variation the experience of rape is described with great acuity, but the folkloric magical elements are unsurprising Laundromat is as bland as the sociological experiment that it describes Nevertheless, the collection is eminently readable I should know I read it straight through all fourteen stories on my flight from Singapore to New York I had not been able to read on a plane for a while Too uncomfortable and distracted But these stories carried me to the end.
Just possibly the most exciting thing to happen to Singaporean prose in a long, long time Amanda writes like no one else, and her short stories open up that wonderful, dizzying sense of possibility in a city In its own, peculiar way, Ministry of Moral Panic reimagines this island nation city state for us, and the reader is sometimes powerfully taken by the sense that they are on the threshold of a new way of living, of being in Singapore This is because Amanda s writing does not, like so much of Singaporean fiction, simply look back towards the past, nostalgically rather, it always seeks the future Exceptional.
Just possibly the most exciting thing to happen to Singaporean prose in a long, long time Amanda writes like no one else, and her short stories open up that wonderful, dizzying sense of possibility in a city In its own, peculiar way, Ministry of Moral Panic reimagines this island nation city state for us, and the reader is sometimes powerfully taken by the sense that they are on the threshold of a new way of living, of being in Singapore This is because Amanda s writing does not, like so much of Singaporean fiction, simply look back towards the past, nostalgically rather, it always seeks the future Exceptional.
Once in a while a book excites me so much I couldn t get over the excitement to sit down and continue reading This is one of them It is one of the best works in Singapore today and highly recommended.
These stories were hits and misses for me Flamingo Valley , Two Ways To Do This and Alice, You Must Be the Fulcrum of Your Own Universe were my favorites Fourteen Entries from the Diary of Maria Hertogh however, as a story I was looking forward to read, was quite disappointing and surprisingly shallow And then there is Siren which perplexed me, and confused me not really in a good way Having said that though, I did enjoy reading a something written by a Singaporean, which I never have before for some inexplicable reason having lived here for a long time.
on the whole, i would recommend this book there was a wide range of voices perspectives, touching on an equally wide range of issues, all quintessentially singaporean i can see why it won the singapore literature prize for fiction in 2014 her writing voice stands out as strong unique at the same time, there was a sense that the choice of certain voices served as a conduit to channel a specific idea through it s important of course to include a spectrum of narrators, but the weakest stories had a sense of artificiality, intentionally constructed to bring out specific issues that in itself is not a reason for criticism, but the narrators she chose were ones with experiences furthest from her own, and that came across in the writing she was unable to fully inhabit their perspective.
an example of this was two ways to do this , written from the perspective of Zurotul, an indonesian woman who comes to singapore to look for work as domestic help what this story serves as a conduit for is clear it brings out the way the majority of singaporean employers particularly the women wives do not treat domestic helpers with dignity and respect, expect them to serve their every need, forget they have lives of their own all of that is necessary but having read ann ang s bang my car , resplendent in singlish creole, it feels false to read a narrative from such a perspective crafted perfect english it came across as this is what i think someone in that position would think , instead of genuinely inhabiting her interior perspective the kind of metaphors used were indicative of this an outsider s imagination of the experience another weak story every park on this island , about a singaporean girl dating a white foreign exchange student the narrative is structured around the names of parks in singapore, like bukit timah hill, telok blangah hill park, mount faber, tracing the development of their relationship as the two of them visit every park in singapore tbh he s a little shit, not particularly interesting the story doesn t give enough justification to warrant her level of affection similarly, what this story serves as a conduit for is this scene when they are abt to have sex, he can t get erect and tells her i think i only feel attracted to white girls the idea that white men still view southeast asian women via a lens of exoticism, that colour of skin undeniably feeds into their perspective, the way western exchange students and expats consume singaporean culture, taking without leaving etc i appreciate the focus on those issues but the relationship doesn t come across as convincing even after he leaves she still writesWhere am I going to get another boy here who understands that I want to get married with a 99 cent thrift store ringon a polaroid and mails it to him on the whole though, i did like even love the majority of the stories for example, flamingo valley is set in a hospital, where Deddy Haikel, a malay man, meets Ling Ko Mui, a chinese women, both now in their late sixties they used to go out, when he played at her dad s pub she would sneak out with him on his motorcycle to go for supper, bc her dad would not have allowed her to date a malay man he liked her far than she ever knew, she was always on his mind even after they stopped going out that was a very sweet story there s The King of Caldecott , about an encounter with the most famous chinese actor on channel 8, who always stars as the lead on the 9pm show lee nanxing in chick , the story opens with an account of the narrator going on a school trip to the zoo, as a small child, being given a chick to hold in her palms, which she closes her hands on and kills not so much out of cruelty but the curiosity to see how far you can push the limit that becomes a metaphor for the way her relationships end she recognises she treats men in the same way, cruel and indifferent, except that as an adult there are real consequences finally my fav story, and really the best one in this collection, is titled Laundromat It started out as a 24 hour Laundromat, really, and then he saw from his little CCTC that the people in there lingered, wanting to talk to one another, wondering if they were both the same kind of lonely, but they were Asian and it was difficult The Laundromat did not carry with it the same type of casual grungy romanticism as it did in Western countries, an invitation to treat over churning denim and cotton and underpants Here perhaps it was something to be ashamed of that you had no one to do your laundry for you, that you accumulated soiled clothing and found it economical to use token operated machines, that you were airing your dirty linen in public So they turned away from one another, collecting their freshly laundered clothes in gaudy plastic pails and baskets, walking around from one another into the day or night.
And so the proprietor introduced the cats Nothing fancy, just a ginger and a tortoiseshell he d seen loitering at the nearby void deck He was too cheap to get something pedigree, and besides, he didn t think the heartland crowd might appreciate a Russian Blue or a Maine Coon much He put red collars with shiny gold bells on them, and gave them each a bowl in the corner of the room They did well They were less nonchalant than he d expected They rubbed their heads against a variety of shins, and leapt onto rumbling washing machines demanding to be stroked The proprietor went back to watching, and he saw the way the man was able to approach the woman because she was petting the tortoiseshell, the importance of an intermediary He saw them sink down to the floor to ticket the tortoiseshell together when the cat stretched herself He saw the man taking a picture of the tortoiseshell on his phone, showing it to the woman, and how they exchanged numbers afterwards people begin to come in, coalescing around the cats the proprietor puts in a mini fridge, electric kettle, a karaoke machine, and the laundromat soon becomes a place around which a community forms it made me wish a place like that really existed saying anything would spoil the story for that story alone, this book is worth reading.
Determined to be sceptical I ended up really enjoying this collection, and am now excited to prepare to teach it back to back with Malay Sketches To use an academic term this is a bloody good book, at moments verging on the sublime, and even the satisfyingly wierd, something rarely super well done in comparatively fledgling Singlit I liked the last half of the book best, my colleague the first bit seems telling I was prepared to wince at the Nadra story but Amanda Lee Koe writes informedly with sensitivity, empathy and for representations of Asian on caucasian violence this shows how far we have come since Heartland Really hope the next book pushes the envelope even further Singapore lit inclusive of and beyond its aggressive laconic ah lians, NIE lesbians and penchant for Swedish porn.
Ministry of Moral Panic is not moralistic, but leaves a sobering, almost haunting moral lesson after each short story, without being didactic in nature A great collection of short stories which carries enough local flavour without hitting it over your head.
The stories in Ministry of Moral Panic let me see Singapore from new perspectives that I never even thought to look from Amanda manages to capture strange lingering feelings deep in the heart of humanity in actual words I am forever changed.
Superb through and through

Ministry of Moral Panic Epigram Books, 2013 , which was also shortlisted for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt s Internationaler Literaturpreis, and the Frankfurt Book Fair s LiBeraturpreis.The working manuscript for her first novel,