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LAUNCH: "Lancing Girls of a Happy World", Adeline Foo

  • NLB 100 Victoria Street Singapore, 188064 Singapore (map)

“They practised dancing seriously; it was their life!”

“It is an ugly profession; to prostitute oneself ... is a commonly accepted practice.”

Glitz, glamour, and sleaze is what people may remember of the “lancing” or “dancing” cabaret girls of yesteryear. Join us for an intimate session exploring the rarely-told stories of Lancing Girls of a Happy World in Singapore. Even with few dreams to strive for, and with society’s disapproving eye, these women lived with much heart; find out how two of them set up The Happy School for impoverished children of Geylang.

The launch offers a candid sharing of Adeline Foo’s research and writing over a 14-month period. It is supported by a talk from Project X, a community based organisation established in 2008, which dispels myths about the sex worker community and addresses the gap in social services for them. How far have things changed since the time when dancing girls first accepted money for providing a service?

The music of the dance hall may have faded, but their echoes live on, connecting us to a forgotten past and inspiring us with a hopeful and charitable present.

VENUE: NLB, Programme Zone (Basement 1)
ADDRESS: 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

13 Jan 2018, 3pm–5pm