This forum will discuss Eileen Chang’s work Geng yi ji (Chinese Life and Fashions) and examine her views on how the cheongsam serves as a highly expressive and customisable medium that allows Chinese women to define and convey their individuality. From the Qing Dynasty to Republican era, from Shanghai to Nanyang, the cheongsam has evolved into various “new” styles to suit the taste of modern women in the new era.
Moderated by Curator Tan Yan Ni, the panelists in this forum include Lianhe Zaobao senior correspondent Lim Fong Wei, ex-newscaster Wang Yanqing and entrepreneur and owner of “Top Brocade” Lily Chen.
Conducted by: Lim Fong Wei
Lianhe Zaobao senior correspondent, independent researcher
Lim Fong Wei is a senior correspondent at Lianhe Zaobao's zbNOW (联合早报.现在) with in-depth experience in writing on architecture, design, lifestyle, fashion, creativity and human-interest stories. Lim’s foray into literary research has garnered noteworthy results both locally and overseas. He has been awarded the 2018 Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship for his research on Hong Kong writer Liu Yichang’s time in Malaya. His recent discovery of Eileen Chang’s mother, Yvonne Whang’s remaining years in Malaya and UK has been met with great fanfare in the Chinese literary world.
Conducted by: Wang Yanqing
Ex-newscaster and editor-in-chief of now-defunct Chinese language magazine Citta Bella, independent researcher
Conducted in Mandarin. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested participants please register here.