"The Passion of Kenny Pereira: The Gay Eurasian Soldier of Michael Chiang’s Army Daze and His Legacy" is part of the SALON series, a platform for The Substation's Discipline The City 2017.
Singaporeans will certainly recall Michael Chiang's comedy, Army Daze: a portrayal of National Service that was both a pioneering English-language play (1987) and film (1996). The work is noteworthy for its inclusion of a coded queer character: Kenny Pereira, a flamboyantly effeminate Eurasian recruit. Examine the political, social and cultural confluences that led to the creation of this character. Consider the nuances of his role and his diverse interpretations, and his legacy in Singaporean theatre and film.
Ng Yi-Sheng is a Singaporean writer and LGBT activist. In 2008, he won the Singapore Literature Prize for his debut poetry collection last boy. This lecture is ticketed at $10 per person; buy your ticket at the Peatix link provided below.