Published on: 28-May-2018
The Zaobao Literary Festival 2018 was launched on Saturday, 26 May at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Co-organised with the NTU Chinese Programme, the 6-day event celebrates the 95th anniversary of local Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao. The Guest-of-Honour for the event was Minister of Education Mr Ong Ye Kung.
(Top row, 5th from right: Assoc Prof Yow Cheun Hoe, Head of NTU Chinese Programme, 11th from right: Prof KK Luke, Chair of NTU School of Humanities. Source:
The Festival brings together
18 well-known authors from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore who will be delivering lectures and showcasing their literary works. The speakers will also discuss developments on the Chinese literature scene in Singapore over the past thirty years.
Speakers include part-time NTU Chinese lecturer Mr Wong Koi Tet (黄凯德), NTU Chinese writer-in-residence Ms Sun Ailing (孙爱玲) and Mr Yeng Pwey Ngon (英培安), who was the first NTU Chinese writer-in-residence in 2013.
Mr Wong Koi Tet was a NTU Masters graduate and in 2015, a resident writer in the NTU Chinese programme. He is currently a part-time lecturer in the programme.
(Second from right: Wong Koi Tet. Source:
The Head of the NTU Chinese Programme Assoc Prof Yow Cheun Hoe hosted the first event of the afternoon: a lecture on how literature is still needed in modern times by Chinese author Chi Zi Jian.
"The NTU Chinese programme is pleased to have been a part of the Zaobao Literary Festival 2018," said Prof KK Luke, Chair of NTU School of Humanities, "Chinese literature brings alive the history of our culture through words, and promotes the Chinese language among youths."
The Zaobao Literary Festival will be held from 26 to 31 May at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. It will feature scholars and writers from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, who will deliver talks on literature. The festival is co-organised with the NTU Chinese Programme. To learn more about the Zaobao Literary Festival, visit
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