This book is a sequel to Josephine Chia’s 2014 Singapore Literature prize-winning book, Kampong Spirit – Gotong Royong: Life in Potong Pasir. 1955 to 1965
Kampong life in Singapore did not end in 1965 with her independence.
In Josephine Chia’s new collection of non-fiction stories, the phasing out of attap-thatched villages, the largest mass movement in Singapore, is set against the backdrop of significant national events.
Weaving personal tribulations – her teenage angst – and the experiences of villagers from her kampong, Josephine skilfully parallels the hopes and challenges of a toddling nation growing through the throes of industrialisation and rapid changes from 1966 to 1975.
These delightful, real-life stories sprinkled with snippets of her Peranakan culture, reveal the joie-de-vivre of gotong royong or community spirit, despite impoverished conditions, in the last days of kampong life.
Published by Ethos Books Singapore 2017
ISBN 978 9811150388