What, quintessentially, is Singaporean culture?
In this issue of CATCH magazine, we tackle the big and scary letter C: culture. A cultural deconstruction within 78 pages, we aim to go beyond “chope-ing”, queuing, and kiasu-ism. A guided journey covering various facets of our not quite defined culture, we hope to take you through our interpretation of what being Singaporean truly means.
We speak to two Singaporean artistes who found fame across borders. Aisyah Aziz speaks about getting famous in Malaysia while staying true to her roots while Gen Neo discusses his journey from writing for successful K-Pop artists in Korea to making his own name as a mandopop singer in THE NEW.
We also delve into history as Joseph Florendo, a Filipino martial artist, mourns the death of the old martial arts ways, and the changing scene in THE PAST.
Frozen in time, Jimmy Mah, talks about maintaining traditions as the owner of Jie Bakery in THE LOCKED.
Everchanging, ever evolving, Deborah Emmanuel, a prolific spoken word artist explains the need of giving the unheard a voice. We also scored an interview with Adrian Pang, who talks about the Singapore theatre scene, and his new play by Pangdemonium in THE CHANGING.
Obscurity in full view, Ken Loh speaks out on the trials and tribulations of buskers in Singapore, and the evolution of a small but growing music community in THE UNKNOWN.
There will never be a definite answer to what makes us, us. Perhaps that in and of itself is what makes our culture unique, that there is no concrete marker for us to confine our identity to.