Daren Shiau

Peter Charles Wicks
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The prodigious achievement of the Housing and Development Board in Singapore since independence furnishes the physical environment for Daren Shiau’s literary endeavours. Shiau’s novel,

Heartland

, was published by SNP Editions Ltd under their Raffles Imprint in 1999, and won a Commendation Award in the Singapore Literature Prizes the same year.

Heartland

was also voted one of the best reads of the year by

The Straits Times

newspaper. It was re-published by Ethos Books in 2002. The novel is a prescribed text for O-Level Literature in English in Singapore’s secondary schools for 2008.

In one respect, Heartland is a standard account of the coming of age of a teenage Chinese Singaporean male, Wing Chen, an innocent, amiable fellow who stumbles on to a path of experience. “What did he

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Citation: Wicks, Peter Charles. "Daren Shiau". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 September 2007 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=11821, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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