Charmaine Leung

Charmaine Leung is a Singaporean writer who has lived in Hong Kong for 15 years. She first became passionate about the literary arts while working as a theatre manager in the 1990s. Charmaine’s profession as a marketer and market researcher requires her to work with various cultures and engage people from all walks of life, further fuelling her interest in other cultures and societies. Her literary work focuses on human relationships, and the dynamics in these relationships brought about by change in societies.

When she is not writing or working, Charmaine is a curious traveller who enjoys roaming the globe to capture landscapes and communities through photography in off-the-beaten tracks like Tibet, Taklamakan Desert, and Madagascar.

Books by Charmaine Leung


17A Keong Saik Road recounts Charmaine Leung’s growing-up years on Keong Saik Road in the 1970s when it was a prominent red-light precinct in Chinatown in Singapore. An interweaving of past and present narratives, 17A Keong Saik Road tells of her mother’s journey as a young child put up for sale to becoming the madame of a brothel in Keong Saik.

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