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) Seah Cheng Ta, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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4) Seah Cheng Ta, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Voices of Hong Kong and Singapore Sinophone Communities: A Study of Novels by Liu Yichang and Yeng Pway Ngon

Different Voices within a society played an essential role in the characterization and construction of the Sinophone Communities. Hong Kong writer Liu Yicang’s “Drunkard” (1918–) and Singapore Writer Yeng Pway Ngon’s (1947–) “A man like me”, sculpted the role of a Drunkard and a Chinese school graduate respectively in their novels, both directed to the issue of marginalization in the society. Liu Yicang’s modernism work emphasized immensely on the usage of local color writing to re-present Hong Kong Sinophone communities. As the protagonist of “Drunkard” states, “I may not enjoy an empty world, I just detest the hideous reality”. The Drunkard represent the lower income individuals, indulging oneself in a world of alcohol, seeking a route to achieve temporary relief from the real pressurized Hong Kong world. On the other hand, Singapore Sinophone literature focused more on ethnic and language related issues. The decline in Chinese Culture and Language in Singapore is a common topic in the Singapore Chinese communities and literature. The fear on the loss of “ancestral culture and language” increases, with English language becomes the prominent language in Singapore after 1970s. For instance, Yeng Pway Ngon’s “A man like me”, writes a Chinese school graduate, who finds himself marginalized from his homeland after westernized culture that penetrates Singapore.

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