Bio about speaker:
Constance Singam is an author and civil society activist. She began her career in journalism, before taking a degree in English Literature in her forties, and a Master’s degree in her sixties.
Her civil society work has focused on women's rights and social justice. Since its inception in 1985, she has been closely associated with the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Singapore's leading gender equality advocacy group, including serving as its President for three terms. She is also a co-founder of civil society groups such as TWC1 and TWC2.
She has been a columnist in several publications. Her works include "A history of the TWC: Building Social Space in Singapore", "Re-Presenting Singapore Women" which she co-edited and has just released her memoir "Where I was: A Memoir from the Margins”. She blogs at: http://connie.sg
Theme of the Talk:
"Alienation and the Disappearance of Things", excerpts from her memoir "Where I was: A Memoir from the Margins"
About the Book:
"Where I Was is a rich, entertaining and compelling account of the life of an extraordinary woman. In a land of many cultures, many races, many religions; in a state where politics and public policies impinge, sometimes callously, on the daily lives of its denizens, Constance Singam is an individual marginalised many times over by her status as a woman, an Indian, a widow and a civil society activist.
Through humorous and moving accounts, Constance captures in words the images of the people, places and events that are the source of her most powerful memories. These images are connected to key turning points in her personal journey, set against or within the context of important historical events."