Sing to the Dawn

In 1994, this book heavily influenced my perspective on Southeast Asia. Minfong Ho introduced a generation of Literature students to the social injustices that were systemic in this region we lived in. More importantly, it planted the seeds of thought in this 13-year-old: that poverty didn’t occur because people were incapable, stupid or lazy, but because of structural inequalities in society; that charity wasn’t the solution, that people could help themselves, if the rest of us would stand up for the right of marginalised people to help themselves.

Minfong Ho nurtured the idealist, and for that, I am grateful.

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