Dave Chua

Dave Chua was born in Malaysia and came to Singapore at the age of ten. He was educated at Dunman High School and Victoria Junior College and studied electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. His short story, "Father’s Gift", won a Singapore Press Holdings-National Arts Council Golden Point Award in 1995. His first novel, Gone Case, was given a Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award in 1996 and was published the same year.

Books by Dave Chua


A touching yet unsentimental story about growing up in Singapore seen through the eyes of Yong, a 12-year-old, who experiences the paradoxes of life even if he doesn’t always understand everything. Between the rigorous demands of school and taking care of his younger sibling, Yong deals with the death of Ah Por, upheavals in his family, run-ins with the neighbourhood gang leader, infatuation and finally, the end of a friendship.

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The Beating and Other Stories is a long-awaited collection of short stories by award-winning writer Dave Chua, author of the novel Gone Case. The book frequently crosses genres and styles, spinning from historical fiction to magical realism, and takes us on adventures with a distinct melancholic undertone. Sparse but emotional, these stories continue to demonstrate Chua's talent in exploring the intense inner environments of hyper-urban Singapore.

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