The Birthday Books 2016 - 2022
The Birthday Book: Restart (2022)
edited by Aaron Maniam, Cherie Tseng, Chua Jun Yan, Eddie Choo, Geetha Creffield, Goh Wei Leong, Hazeem Nasser, Joshua Chambers, Nikki Deiner, Poon Yun Xuan, Selina Chong, Tan Kuan Hian, Theophilus Kwek, Timothy Low, Tseng Wun Hsiung, Vernie Oliveiro, Vieshaalan Naidu
57 people tell stories of life in a city they love. Artists, cartoonists, poets, academics, engineers, entrepreneurs, advocates and everything in-between share their views of what it means to restart: at home, in their community, and for Singapore itself.
The Birthday Book: Are We There Yet? (2021)
edited by Eddie Choo, Tan Kuan Hian and Cherie Tseng
In true Singaporean fashion, answering this question means answering a host of other questions: Where are we now? Who gets to be 'we'? What is 'there'? And when do we arrive?
The Birthday Book: 20/20 Seeing Clearly (2020)
edited by Chua Jun Yan and Selina Chong
What do you see?
A collection of 55 contributions which responded to this question.
What does it mean to see clearly? This anthology challenges what we think we know about Singapore. Between these covers lie tales of personal triumph and tragedy, visions of Singapore seen through fresh eyes, voices which tease out the complexities of our society.
The Birthday Book: Narratives, Undiscovered and Underway (2019)
edited by Cheryl Chung, Vieshaalan Naidu, and Aaron Maniam
In this volume, 54 contributors respond to the prompt, “Narratives, Undiscovered and Underway”, and reflect on the narratives of their lives: the stories that define them, their communities, the causes they champion, and Singapore’s collective future. 54 essays in various formats examining both established and hidden narratives about Singapore: those already under way as well as those under-explored and emerging.
The Birthday Book: The Roads We Take (2018)
edited by Cheryl Chung and Aaron Maniam
In this edition, 53 contributors reflect on “The Roads We Take” – the paths they have chosen to take in their lives. More than just personal stories, these essays highlight the importance of resilience and the evolution of the political and social landscape in Singapore. The book compels readers to think of the complexity of the future roads we must take, as individuals, as a nation – because in sunny Singapore, no one road stays forever.
The Birthday Book: What should we never forget? (2017)
edited by Sheila Pakir and Malminderjit Singh
An annual publication, The Birthday Book examines emerging challenges and opportunities for Singapore, based on a selected prompt. The number of writers each year matches Singapore’s age—52 for 2017, 53 for 2018, and so on. This edition presents 52 responses to “What Should We Never Forget?” The contributors have drawn from personal encounters, academic and professional experiences, and cornerstone values in their lives. Read their stories for a glimpse of our nation’s spirit—mortal, vulnerable, restless, resilient, and aspirational. What’s your response?
The Birthday Book: What is Singapore’s Next Big Thing? (2016)
Edited by Malminderjit Singh
“What is Singapore’s Next Big Thing?”
An intellectual salvo from young and passionate Singaporeans inhabiting different slices of Singapore society, The Birthday Book is a collection of 51 essays presented as a birthday gift to the nation and its people. What are the milestones that Singapore is headed into – the next big things – in the view of this inaugural group of contributors?
These individuals, younger than 45, will inherit leadership roles in their respective domains of expertise. Their essays come together as a compact and essential digest of introspections and outward projections, drawing on a shared past and projecting forward into our collective future.