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Eastern Heathens: An Anthology of Subverted Asian Folklore

Amanda Lee Koe + Ng Yi-Sheng



SGD$23.00 ($24.61 with GST)

130mm x 195mm




Featuring stories from: Anila Angin | Chan Ziqian | Bryan Cheong | Jennani Durai | Jeannine Hall Gailey | Jon Gresham | Abha Iyengar | Amanda Lee Koe | Li Huijia | Jason Erik Lundberg | Hoa Pham | Zeny May Dy Recidoro | Alfian Sa’at | Cyril Wong


We love Asian folklore. We grew up listening to Chinese legends, Arab fairy tales, Malay ghost stories and Indian sacred epics, and their fabulous images have continued to inhabit our imaginations ever since.

Yet as grown-ups, we’ve sometimes been bugged by the moralistic, simplistic manner in which these fables are often told. What better way to negotiate this than to reinvent our heritage? This collection brings together 14 subversions, reinventions and adaptations of folktales from all across Asia, written by an international crew of authors.

Within these pages, you’ll find a Cambodian horror story, a poetic meditation on Japanese fox spirits, a crime parable based on the Indian epic of the Ramayana, a sci-fi redaction of the Chinese legend of Lady White Snake, and many more exquisite gems.

This book is a treasure trove of the imagination, containing tales both intelligent and wondrous, combining the best elements of Asian heritage with the wit of the 21st century.


Amanda Lee Koe is the fiction editor of Esquire (Singapore), the editor of creative non-fiction online magazine POSKOD, co-editor of the literary journal Ceriph and communications director at studioKALEIDO ( Her first book, Ministry of Moral Panic (Epigram Books), a collection of edgy transnational short stories, is forthcoming.

Ng Yi-Sheng is the youngest ever winner of the Singapore Literature Prize (so far). He is the author of four books, including the poetry collection last boy and a novel based on the Singaporean motorcycle gangster movie Eating Air. He has also co-edited onewinged, an anthology of young people’s writing, and GASPP, Singapore’s first anthology of gay and lesbian literature.

The book is also available at the following bookstores:

Available 28th March (Thursday) onwards

1. Kinokuniya Bookstores at Ngee Ann City Mall (Orchard Rd) and Parco Bugis Junction Mall (Bugis Junction)

2. Select Books at 51 Armenian Street

3. Books Actually at 9 Yong Siak Street

Available 1st April (Mon) onwards

1. Kinokuniya Bookstore (Liang Court)

2. Times Bookstores at the following Malls @ Centrepoint, Paragon, Tampines One, Jelita, Marina Square, Plaza Singapura, JCube