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A is for Achar, L is for Love

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by Tammy L Wong

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As her ninety-four-year-old Popo’s health fails, Tammy finds herself returning to her grandmother’s kitchen in search of the Peranakan foods of her childhood. Growing up in Popo’s house, the seven dishes Popo makes every Chinese New Year hold a special place in her heart. Tammy wants to continue Popo’s culinary legacy for her family, and reclaim Popo for herself. Anchored by Popo’s recipes, which trigger long-buried memories of love and loss, the story moves from Popo’s kitchen in Siglap, to a walk-up apartment in Los Angeles, from a telephone booth in Seattle, to an unidentified room on Duxton Hill. Tammy confronts the girl she was, the woman she has become, and the woman that is indelibly her Popo.

About the Author

Singapore-born Tammy L Wong is an award-winning dance artist whose works have been presented at festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Korea and the United States. The recipient of the 2001 Montblanc Businesswoman of the Year Award, the 2002 National Arts Council Young Artist Award (Dance) and the 2003 Chancellor’s Fellowship (University of California, Irvine), Tammy has also received choreographic commissions from Blurred Borders International Dance Festival, The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay and the Singapore Dance Theatre. From October 2006 to May 2010, Tammy was appointed Head, and subsequently, Artistic Director of Dance at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. In 2010, she stepped away from dancing to write. ‘A’ is for Achar, ‘L’ is for Love is her first book. Her second book, When The Bough Breaks, was published in 2013.

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ISBN: 978-981-08-9976-9
Published: 2011

Dimension: 130mm x 200mm
Extent: 74
Finish: Paperback



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