Dave Chua


Dave Chua Hak Lien (b. 1970, Malaysia - ), author of the novel, Gone Case, was the recipient of the Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award in 1996. He currently works as a freelance writer. His work, entitled Father's Gift, made him a joint winner for the SPH-NAC Golden Point Award for the short story category in 1995. Chua is actively involved as a programming manager with the Singapore Film Society. 

Early Life
Dave Chua came to Singapore at the age of 10, effectively beginning his studies here at Primary 4. After completing his "A" levels with Victoria Junior College, he studied at University of California Berkeley, United States, for an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree. He returned to Singapore in 1994. He worked as a computer analyst programmer and has since started his own production house. Chua had worked mainly in the creative and media industry. He is a freelancer for various publications and productions. He was involved in the production of Mediacorp sitcom Achar! and PeachBlossom Media's animation children show Tomato Twins. Chua occasionally writes for BigO, The Straits Times and The Edge. He has also taught hypertext writing and digital video production at schools. He was responsible for putting together Fantastic Film Festival and Animation Nation 2005. He was also the co-founder of Pulse Pictures, an independent film distribution company that co-presented Cine Singapore (Cine.SG) with the National Museum of Singapore, a five-month showcase of Singapore-made films that started in June 2006.

Literary Achievements
Chua began writing in 1992. He was the joint winner for the SPH-NAC Golden Point Award (short story category) in 1995. His winning entry, entitled Father's Gift, is about a young man who tries to come to terms with the relationship which he had with his deceased father. In the following year, his maiden work, Gone Case, received the commendation award at the Singapore Literature Prize 1996. Gone Case is a coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old boy, Yong, living in a HDB estate. Yong deals with life and death, upheavals in the family, run-ins with the neighbourhood gang leader, love and friendship. Apart from Gone Case, Chua received another recognition when he won second prize at the Singapore Screenplay Award 2001 for feature length scripts. Chua continued to participate in various literary activities. These include a reading tour to Santa Clara University, workshops and lectures in Myanmar under the Networking and Initiatives for Culture and the Arts (NICA) programme, and panel discussions during the Singapore Writers Festival 2005.

1995 : SPH-NAC Golden Point Award
1996 : Singapore Literature Prize (Commendation) for Gone Case
2001: 2nd prize, Singapore Screenplay Award (feature length scripts)

: Gone Case

Father, mother and two brothers 

Gracie Lee

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United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (2002). 2002 USALA Conference Agenda. Retrieved January 3, 2005, from http://web.bryant.edu/~usaclals/ (then click on Conferences 2002 > Agenda).

The Urbanwire (2002). Gone Case. Retrieved January 3, 2005 from http://theurbanwire.com (then click on Archives > 2002 August > Reviews > Gone Case).

The information in this article is valid as at 2007 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic. 

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