“I Not Stupid” (2002)/ “Lion Mums” (2015-) – An Education Unsaid

Exam results are the most stressful thing in the world. A simple alphabet and a number determines [sic] what school you go to, what courses you can take, and what jobs you end up with later in life. It's a turning point you have no control over.Mui Ee (Melody Chen), "The Teenage Textbook Movie" (1998) … Continue reading “I Not Stupid” (2002)/ “Lion Mums” (2015-) – An Education Unsaid

“Nobody” (2018): The Pontianak – A Figure of Disassembling Feminine Chaos

Content Warning: Misogyny, Sexual Violence “It is said that analyzing pleasure, or beauty, destroys it.”Laura Mulvey On Visual Pleasure Typically, the cinema is a playground for the fantasies of men. According to film theorist Laura Mulvey, women are overwhelmingly objectified on the Hollywood screen - they are visual objects for the consumption of their male … Continue reading “Nobody” (2018): The Pontianak – A Figure of Disassembling Feminine Chaos

“Phua Chu Kang”(1997-2007) and the Maleness of Singaporean National Identity

Content Warning: Homophobia Ask anyone who's lived through the nineties for the television series that best represents Singapore, and many might respond with Phua Chu Kang (1997-2007). Phua Chu Kang, a sitcom featuring its eponymous Singlish-slinging contractor (Gurmit Singh), is so deeply tied with this generation's idea of Singaporeanness that Chu Kang has become shorthand … Continue reading “Phua Chu Kang”(1997-2007) and the Maleness of Singaporean National Identity