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Travel Writing in a Cross-cultural Context: Hits and Misses

  • The Select Centre 231 Bain Street Singapore, 180231 Singapore (map)

How does one write about travel in this era of chain malls, chain hotels, and universal broken English?

In this talk, presented by The Select Centre, travel writer Shivaji Das will propose that there is yet scope for enriching travel experience by engaging in “non-required travel” – exploring the lives of locals typically unheard off or bypassed by visitors, thereby encouraging travellers to seek more meaningful experiences while fostering greater mutual understanding. 

The author will cite some stories from his latest book Angels by the Murky River and previous works to elaborate on this proposition. He will also share about the challenges associated with travel writing in a cross-cultural context – from understanding the lives of the homeless in Seoul, to following the death rituals of the animist tribes in Indonesia, contrasting the journeys of Filipino women boxers and beauty pageants, and unearthing the mystery behind the erotic art in the temples of Nepal. 

Shivaji Das's Angels by the Murky River: Travels Off the Beaten Path will also be on sale (in cash only) at the talk! This talk is moderated by William Phuan.

VENUE: The Select Centre
ADDRESS: 231 Bain Street, Bras Basah Complex, #04-01, Singapore 180231
EVENT WEBSITE: Facebook, Peatix (for registration)

14 Jun 2017, 7.30pm-9pm