Writer Of The Week

Mr Hua with his son Sean, wife Mona and daughter Natalie. The 53-year-old writes to the Forum page mainly about issues relating to the local art ecosystem and regional geopolitics.
Mr Hua with his son Sean, wife Mona and daughter Natalie. The 53-year-old writes to the Forum page mainly about issues relating to the local art ecosystem and regional geopolitics. PHOTO: COURTESY OF HUA TYE SWEE

Who: Hua Tye Swee, 53, an art consultant.


My family: My wife, Mona, 55, works in the healthcare trade industry.

We have two children - Natalie, 23, a dentist; and Sean, 12, a Primary 6 pupil.


My home: A house in Watten Estate.


My passions: I like to keep fit and am an enthusiast of local food. I also travel to meet artists.


I started writing to the Forum page...: In 2011, about art fairs and the Venice Biennale participation.


What I write about: I tend to focus on the local art ecosystem and the geopolitics of regional issues. I also like to comment on the London and Singapore scenes, especially in the areas of art and culture.


Why I write: To put across an out-of-the-box or intuitive view, which may stimulate further reflection.

In a complex, highly connected society, we need to have a sixth sense and wisdom (if it occurs) in order to have a conversation which may result in better decision-making.


I read the Forum page because...: It provides an immediate feedback loop.

It is also where contrary or conflicting views may be aired. Reading these can help us understand our own prejudices, as we see that our "rojak" society comprises different interest and racial groups, united by a crafted Singaporean identity which is also fragile.


My wish for Singapore: That in the next 50 years, we can measure up and exceed the ethos and wisdom of our forefathers by reflecting on and emulating their ingenuity, discipline and hard work.

I wish for Singapore to be a global city of distinction, where we can lead and showcase to the world how to overcome challenges by pioneering integrated systems and processes, as in the smart city concepts, which can improve the quality of life for all.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2016, with the headline 'Writer Of The Week'. Print Edition | Subscribe