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  • 1. Bury
    or
    Cremate & store at columbarium (takes up less space)
    • Mandai, Yishun, Choa Chu Kang
    • 2. Columbarium: A structure with recesses in the walls to store urns
     2 videos: Exhumation of Graves- Government’s 15-year burial policy
  • 3. What is your impression of Singapore’s cemeteries?
    The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole- KuoPao Kun
  • 4. S’pore Cemeteries: Heritage & Disappearance
    • Who has been to a cemetery in Singapore?
    • 5. Singapore founded on 1965
    • 6. Some cemeteries in Singapore existed as early as 1800s:
    Forbidden Hill (christian) Cemetery: 1820 (Fort Canning) - 1822
    St Joseph’s Church Cemetery 1846. closed after 138 yrs (Bukit Timah)
    Jewish Cemetery (Thomson Rd) before 1914- 1985
    • Make way for Newton/ Novenamrt
    Bidadari Cemetery (multi-religious: Catholics, Muslims, Hindus) 1908-2006
    • Make way for Woodleigh mrt
    UluPandan (military) Cemetery 1955-1975 (Clementidevelopment program)
  • 7. Remaining Cemeteries
    Choa Chu Kang Cemetery (the only 1 open for burial in S’pore)
    • 1998: the burial period for all graves at the Cemetery was limited to a period of 15 years, after which exhumed. Some 17,000 - 18,000 graves cleared
    “Rows upon rows upon rows of graves. As far as your eye can reach. Do you see any one of them sitting on two plots?” –The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole
  • 8. Choa Chu Kang con’t:
    PusaraAman Cemetery and PusaraAbadi Cemetery Muslim cemeteries
    Video: Muslims exhumed
    PusaraAbadi. In the background are foreign workers dormitories- Stomp
  • 9. remaining cemeteries con’t: Citizen & Military
    2) Bukit Brown Cemetery
    3) Japanese Cemetery Park (Hougang)
    4) Kranji War Cemetery (Allied soldiers who died Jap Occupation)
    Do our cemeteries remind you of HDB flats?
  • 10. Bury
    or
    Cremate & store at columbarium (takes up less space)
    • Mandai, Yishun, Choa Chu Kang
    • 11. Columbarium: A structure with recesses in the walls to store urns
     2 videos: Exhumation of Graves- Government’s 15-year burial policy
  • 12. Background of KuoPao Kun & Drama then
    Born in Hubei, taken to Beijing, then Hong Kong, then Singapore
    attended Chinese High School in 1956, his father moved him to Hong Kong due to the student unrest generated by politically activist Chinese high & middle school students
    translator/announcer in Melbourne for 3.5 years, took up a 2 yr drama programme in Sydney, while working in technical theatre, gave him a “strong, solid grounding” in many aspects of contemporary and classical Western theatre
    • Best known for his playwright in both Chinese and English
    • 13. His works serve as a bridge for Chinese and English educated
    • 14. Founded Substation
  • KPK Achievement
    “most important dramatist in Singapore theatre… since 1965”-Sasitharan theatre critic
    1965: He and wife founded the Singapore Performing Arts School
    As public perception of Chinese drama during that era as a tool for social change & political movements, many were unreceptive towards the charging of fees to teach drama, subsidised drama classes
     China’s cultural revolution 1966
    1976: both detained by the Singapore government without trial, Internal Security Act,
    Wife released that year to resume duties as principal at the arts school
    KPK detained 4.5 yrs. Citizenship reinstated in 1992
    1986: founded The Theatre Practice company. Bilingual, semi-professional Practice Theatre Ensemble
    1990: awarded cultural medallion
  • 15. The Coffin is Too Large for the Hole
    Written & staged in 1985
    monologue
    speech delivered to another (unseen) character or (very rarely such as in absurdist plays) to the audience
    Different from soliloquy (character thinks aloud; a character can't stand on stage thinking quietly to himself. The audience would be completely BORED.
    Aside: only audience can hear what is said
    First written in English, also translated to Chinese
    Situation then: rapid urbanization, economic commercialization, educational reforms and the culture clash between East and West