Singaporean writer Yu-Mei Balasingamchow explores history from different perspectives

Singaporean writer Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, a former teacher who started writing fiction in 2011, has long been interested in the little aspects of local lives untrodden in literature.
Singaporean writer Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, a former teacher who started writing fiction in 2011, has long been interested in the little aspects of local lives untrodden in literature.ST PHOTO: WESLEY LOH KAR-WAI

SINGAPORE - What is it like to have your loved one taken away? Singaporean writer Yu-Mei Balasingamchow explores this in her short story The Prisoner, told from the perspective of a woman whose husband is detained for 10 years by the Internal Security Department. It won the Mississippi Review Fiction Prize in March this year.

The annual US$1,000 (S$1,370) prize is awarded by literary magazine The Mississippi Review in the United States, which published Yu's winning story in their summer issue last month.

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