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From extended to nuclear to blended, the modern family is evolving in reaction to enormous social pressures and urgent individual needs.

What will the twenty-first century family be like? The writers in this reading respond to the dynamics of this long revolution. The reading is followed by book signing.

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Christine Chia is the author of the poetry collection The Law of Second Marriages (Math Paper Press, 2011 and 2014) and a sequel, The Filial Defense (Ethos Books, 2014). She contributed poetry to Prairie Schooner and is currently a poetry MFA student at The New School.

Colin Goh is the husband in the spousal team behind DIM SUM WARRIORS, a Mandarin/English bilingual iPad app and graphic novel series about kung fu-fighting dumplings that Fast Company named one of the Top 10 Coolest Original Digital Comics and which won an Honorable Mention in Publishers Weekly’s Critics’ Poll of the Best Graphic Novels of 2012. It has been featured by Time, the BBC and The New York Times. Colin is a former attorney and Straits Times columnist who recently illustrated The New York Times bestseller, Search Inside Yourself (HarperOne) and contributed the opening chapter to Singapore Noir (Akashic Books). Together with his wife Yen Yen Woo, he also wrote, directed and produced the multiple international award-winning feature film Singapore Dreaming, which has been screened at festivals worldwide, and also at the Smithsonian Institution and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. In Singapore, they are perhaps best known for founding the satirical website and authoring the bestselling Coxford Singlish Dictionary. As if they weren’t busy enough, they now also run Yumcha Yoga, a boutique yoga studio in Flushing, Queens.

Kirstin Chen is the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners, featured in USA Today’s “New Voices”, an O, The Oprah Magazine book to pick up now and a Glamour book club pick. A former Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing, she holds an MFA from Emerson College and a BA from Stanford University. She has received awards from the Sewanee and Napa Valley writers’ conferences, and her short stories have appeared in ZyzzyvaHobartPank and others. Born and raised in Singapore, she currently lives in San Francisco, where she’s at work on her second novel, set on a tiny island off the coast of southern China in 1958.


This event is presented by the Singapore Literature Festival.

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