Fables with a touch of history

Interpreter Of Winds (above) by Fairoz Ahmad (top); and Chrita-Chrita Baba (below) by Kenneth Chan (right).
Interpreter Of Winds by Fairoz Ahmad (above).PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Interpreter Of Winds (above) by Fairoz Ahmad (top); and Chrita-Chrita Baba (below) by Kenneth Chan (right).
Chrita-Chrita Baba by Kenneth Chan (above).PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

Singaporean authors Fairoz Ahmad and Kenneth Chan draw on history and folklore for their books, which they hope will give deeper insights into the Malay and Peranakan cultures

Fables form the core of two recent books by Singaporean authors, who weave tales of magic out of history and folklore from the region.

Embedded in the enchantment is a deeper purpose. Teacher Kenneth Chan, who on Sunday published his collection Chrita-Chrita Baba, hopes fairy tales can reignite interest in the vanishing vernacular of Baba Malay, which is spoken by the Peranakan Chinese.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2019, with the headline 'Fables with a touch of history'. Print Edition | Subscribe