Chua Chee Lay
Born and raised in Singapore, Dr Chua Chee Lay is a linguist, educational technology researcher and a dedicated educator. He holds a Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Formerly the Chief Researcher for Learning Lab and Ph.D. Student Supervisor at NTU. He was also appointed as the writer of the Singapore-France Writer-in-Residence programme in 2015. He is currently the President of the Contemporary Arts Research Association (CARA), Editor-in Chief for Arts Research Journal.
Anna Belle, Yep Huey Pyng
Both Singaporeans, Anna Belle is an entering college student for English study, while Yep Huey Pyng is a teacher with life-long fascination with translation.
My heart flutters when I read a novel,
The feeling lingers after my love poem recital.
I brush away the tears on the classics,
The sorrow history causes me is epic.
Drawing the screen brings to sight a fading spring,
As I listen to a long, sorrowful sighing.
The mountains and the rivers change rapidly,
Because goodbyes are easy—meeting again poses greater difficulty.
I have heard the banana trees rustling in the breeze,
The rain song of the coconut trees.
I have swum across the Yellow River and Changjiang
But my heart remains in Nanyang.
While savouring the love that lasts forever,
We still zealously guard our culture.
We glide towards the future with our dreams,
smelled like the scent of books that our room brims with.