by College of Arts and Social Sciences
Playwright and Professor Steven P.C. Fernandez joins eminent writers in the Asia – Pacific who will discuss their works produced in times and places under duress. The 7th Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators Conference will be held July 17 to 20 at The Art House in Singapore.
In the panel “Writing Under Political Pressure” moderated by Michael Vatikiotis is Jose Dalisay, who at 19 years old was a Martial law political prisoner which experience inspired his first novel in 1992. Maria Carmen Sarmiento discusses works of political prisoners in the Philippines. Lily Rose Tope explores the effects of laws against public expression on the writings of Singaporean and Malaysian writers. Alfred Birnbaum comments on the censored work of Burmese novelist Nu Nu Yi, while Han Sann talks of writing in Myanmar.
Fernandez will narrate about the threats on his life triggered by his plays that are re-enactments of political and cultural imbroglios in conservative settings.
About 150 writers will share their works, exhibit books, and conduct workshops in this region’s largest gathering of writers-translators celebrating the theme “Bridging Cultures.”
Last week, Fernandez read a paper at the 20th Performance Studies International Conference in Shanghai, China. After Singapore, he will talk about the proposed Culture and Arts Studies Program of the MSU-IIT in the International Culture-Based Education and Arts Conference , at the U.P. in Los Banos in July 25.
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