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​English | Sim Wai Chew's translation of local Chinese author Chia Joo Ming’s novel Exile or Pursuit published

Published on: 13-Nov-2019

​Associate Professor Sim Wai Chew (NTU English) has recently published his new book, a translation of Singapore Chinese author Chia Joo Ming’s (谢裕民) novel Exile or Pursuit.


Hok Leong only knows one thing about his future: he does not want to become an office boy buying coffee for his superiors. Beyond this, he wants only to roam the streets of Singapore with his rough and tumble gang of boys—that is, until he is assigned to be the Chinese tutor for the new girl that has just moved from Indonesia. From here, Hok Leong begins a path through life guided by a tide all his own. He finds himself brushing serendipitously with academics, and forming romances and friendships that change his world forever. In a heartfelt story of coming of age, we follow Hok Leong through his many encounters with love and change as he grows into a world far larger than he ever imagined it could be

《放逐与追逐》 was commended with the Singapore Literature Prize 2016 - Chinese Fiction.

Prof Sim's translation will be launched at the Singapore Writers Festival 2019. For more information, visit the publisher website at

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