Who: Li Yang, 30, is an opera singer and vocal teacher based in Singapore. Born in Harbin, China, she performed in Singapore Lyric Opera's Puccini's Turandot recently as Liu, the loyal slave girl.
She studied music at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and got her Master of Music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Some of her past operatic credits include Papagena in The Magic Flute, Micaela in Carmen and Gerhilde in Die Walküre.
What are you reading?
I am reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. I find it intriguing and interesting.
It's about how something small can lead to a big event happening and it explains a lot of social phenomena that we've never thought about before.
I think it's kind of inspirational for me, since I have always started small and worked towards that tipping point in my life.
I hope I get to that tipping point in my professional career and take it to the next level. I also hope that I can create a tipping point and change the world in some way.
What books would you save from a burning house?
I will save Life Is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera.
It is a modern psychological novel, showing the growth of a poet's artistic sense. I feel that I'm in a different time period when I'm reading this novel.
"Life is elsewhere" is a beautiful, vibrant sentence in itself. You should have your dream, your life as well as the wonderful future, but you must be able to return to reality, back to the real life.
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell (2001, Little Brown Books, $17.12) and Life Is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera (2000, Faber & Faber, $22.42) are available at Books Kinokuniya.