From Poetry Music to XinYao-A Truly Unique Singapore Voice
Speaker：Pan Cheng Lui (Writer, Singapore) Eva Tang (Director, Singapore)
From the late 1970s to the 1980s , a group of young secondary and university students in Singapore refused to wallow in the sorrow of educational language reform (the schools unified English as the language of instruction). Instead, they wrote poetry and lyrics, composed songs, for the sole purpose of keeping their youthful passion alive. This spontaneous attempt to voice their sentiment in their mother tongue (Mandarin) created a common cultural identity for Singaporeans：”南大詩樂” 、“新謠”. Eva Tang’s documentary, "The Songs We Sang", highlights that elusive period of bitterness, allowing this language/culturally divisive society to reflect/examine those years of sorrow and hard work. A young lady was watching and crying – she finally understood the silence behind her Chinese-educated parents.