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 had been the joint winner of the SPH-NAC (Singapore Press Holdings-National Arts Council) Golden Point Award (short story category) for his work, Father’s Gift, the previous year.

Early life and work 
Chua attended primary school in Singapore while his family remained in Malaysia.After completing his G.C.E. “A” Levels at Victoria Junior College, he read for an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree at the University of California, Berkeley in the United States for , and returned to Singapore in 1994.4 He has worked in various capacities as a computer programmer, a writer-producer, as well as a freelance writer.5


Chua was the co-founder of Pulse Pictures, an independent film distribution company that co-presented Cine Singapore 2006 (Cine.SG) with the National Museum of Singapore. Cine Singapore was a showcase of Singapore-made films screened over a few months.6 He was also a co-organiser of the Fantastic Film Festival in 20057 and was invited to be the writer-in-residence at the College of Humanities at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) from 1 August 2012 to 31 January 2013.8

Literary achievements
Chua began writing in 1992. He was the joint winner of the SPH-NAC Golden Point Award (short story category) in 1995.9 His winning entry, Father’s Gift, is about a young man trying to come to terms with the relationship he had with his deceased father.10 In the following year, Chua’s maiden work, Gone Case, received the commendation award at the Singapore Literature Prize.11 Gone Case is the coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old boy, Yong, living in a Housing and Development Board (HDB) estate. The narrative revolves around life and death, upheavals in the family, run-ins with the neighbourhood gang leader, as well as love and friendship.12 Apart from Gone Case, Chua also won the second prize at the Singapore Screenplay Awards 2001 for feature-length scripts.13 He received a NAC (National Arts Council) scholarship for Master of Arts in Creative Writing (Prose) in 2013 and pursued his Masters degree at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.14
 

Awards
1995: 
SPH-NAC Golden Point Award (Joint-winner) for Father’s Gift.15

1996: Singapore Literature Prize (Commendation) for Gone Case.16
2001: Second prize, Singapore Screenplay Awards (feature-length scripts).17



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References
1. Ong, S. F. (1997, December 20). Growing-up tale feeds on S’pore scenesThe Straits Times, p. 15. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; National Book Development Council of Singapore (1996). Singapore Literature Prize past winners and shortlists. Retrieved 2016, September 2 from NBDCS website: http://bookcouncil.sg/awards/singapore-literature-prize
2. Seah, L. (1995, September 4). Joint first prize for short-story contestThe Straits Times, p. 37. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. Yap, S. (2009, April 5). Hurt in heartlandsThe Straits Times, p. 60; Ong, S. F. (1997, December 20). Growing-up tale feeds on S’pore scenesThe Straits Times, p. 15. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4. Yap, S. (2009, April 5). Hurt in heartlandsThe Straits Times, p. 60; Ong, S. F. (1997, December 20). Growing-up tale feeds on S’pore scenesThe Straits Times, p. 15; Cheong, F. (2003, January 10). Who are these folks? Today, p. 30. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. Yap, S. (2009, April 5). Hurt in heartlandsThe Straits Times, p. 60. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
6. Parvathi, N. (2006, May 12). Weekly showcase of S’pore films from June onwards. The Business Times, p. 26; Ong, S. F. (2006, May 16). Singapore films in a museum. The Straits Times, p. 10. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
7. Yong, S. C. (2005, June 23). A fantastic voyageToday, p. 50. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8. College of Humanities and Social Sciences. New staff join dates. Retrieved on 2018, October 3, from NTU website: http://cohass.ntu.edu.sg/NewsnEvents/Discover-HASS/Issue-3-Jan-2013/Documents/New%20staff%20-%201%20Aug%202012%20to%2031%20Jan%202013.pdf
9. Dave Chua. (2011). In L. G. Leong (Ed.), Literary Singapore: A directory of contemporary writing in Singapore. Singapore: National Arts Council, p. 14. (Call no.: RSING 809.895957 LIT)
10. Seah, L. (1995, September 4). Joint first prize for short-story contestThe Straits Times, p. 37. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
11. Ong, S. F. (1997, December 20). Growing-up tale feeds on S’pore scenesThe Straits Times, p. 15. Retrieved from NewspaperSG
12. Chua, D. (2002, October 12). Daren’s theme is rooted in rootlessnessThe Straits Times, p. 18; Shiau, D. (2002, October 12). Heartland didn’t turn out to be Gone Case. The Straits Times, p. 18; Wong, G. (2011, August 15). Accidental writerThe Straits Times, pp. 12/13. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
13. Dave Chua. (2011). In L. G. Leong (Ed.), Literary Singapore: A directory of contemporary writing in Singapore. Singapore: National Arts Council, p. 14. (Call no.: RSING 809.895957 LIT)
14. NAC Management Scholarship. 2013 NAC Scholarship Recipients. Retrieved on 2018, October 3, from NAC website: https://www.nac.gov.sg/dam/jcr:50e86d1b-c55e-4e66-b6e8-d22a1f842815
15. Seah, L. (1995, September 4). Joint first prize for short-story contestThe Straits Times, p. 37. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
16. Ong, S. F. (1997, December 20). Growing-up tale feeds on S’pore scenesThe Straits Times, p. 15. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Dave Chua. (2011). In L. G. Leong (Ed.), Literary Singapore: A directory of contemporary writing in Singapore. Singapore: National Arts Council, p. 14. (Call no.: RSING 809.895957 LIT)
17. Dave Chua. (2011). In L. G. Leong (Ed.), Literary Singapore: A directory of contemporary writing in Singapore. Singapore: National Arts Council, p. 14. (Call no.: RSING 809.895957 LIT)



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Chua, Dave, 1970- --Biography
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