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Fistful of colours is a novel about characters living in Singapore during the 80s and the struggle to find their identities in the modern world. The main character, Suwen who is a daughter of an opera fah-dan and whose stepfather was a rickshaw puller whose fate changed due to him adopting the surname of a rich business tycoon. As she struggles to find herself and the artist in her, she delves into Singapore’s past (with the help of her friends Jan, Zul, Nica and Mark as well as Ah Siew Chay, her servant) - where the whites ruled and Asians were mere second-class citizens in their own country. Other issues being examined include gender discrimination, racial discrimination, and love.
This digital copy (c) National Library Board Singapore 2005. The original work (c) Christine Suchen Lim, 1993.