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In this short story about the tensions between modernity and tradition in family ties, a man looks back on his relationship with his mother in the days following her funeral. A quiet, probing work, Tanjong Rhu demonstrates the power that memory has to connect people.
Minfong Ho is a prolific author of literature for children and young adults. Born in Myanmar, raised in Thailand, and now based in the USA, she has spent most of her life abroad. One of Ho’s best known novels, Sing to the Dawn, has been translated into various languages, used as a school text, staged as a musical, and adapted into a film. Her stories often feature young female protagonists overcoming trials of poverty, discrimination, and war in Southeast Asian countries with optimism.
Ho has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Southeast Asian Write Award (1996), the American Library Association’s Caldecott Honour Award (1997), and Singapore’s Cultural Medallion (1997).
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