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Chen, Yanyun

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Ms Yanyun Chen works in charcoal. Her studio-based drawing practice is driven by questions derived from the process of drawing – of putting marks on paper – and the craft of working in charcoal.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Drawing Methods
  • Drawing Process
  • Life Drawing
  • Introduction to 2D Animation
  • Digital Narratives

Chew, Suyin

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“I am an Arts Management scholar and have published on arts leadership and the perceptions of stakeholder influence on dance companies. At Yale-NUS College, I teach a module which examines why people dance. My current interest is looking into the co-relationship of dance, spirituality and Community."
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Teaching Subjects
  • Dance Portraits
  • Dance in Society
  • Dance Perspectives ( Independent Study)
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Collaboration (Independent Study)
  • Arts in Communities (Independent Study)

Chirapravati, Pattaratorn

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“I am an art historian who is specialised in Buddhist art and Southeast Asian art visual cultures. I have published extensively on ancient Buddhist art (e.g., Votive Tablets in Thailand (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Divination Au Royaume De Siam: Le corps, la guerre, le destine (Presses Universitaires de France, 2011). I am also interested in identity and the political usage of images. I co-curated two major art exhibitions of Thai and Burmese art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, entitled The Kingdom of Siam: Art from Central Thailand (1530-1800) and Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma (1775-1950)."
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Teaching Subjects
  • South East Asian Art History

Fenn, Nirmali

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"Music at Yale Nus College comprises a collaborative hub in which students open their ears to each other, discovering new, sonic ideas in the process. Through music, I challenge performers to ‘see’ with their ears and construct spatial ‘views’ of their surroundings. I believe that sound provides audiences the chance to experience the volume of the space in which they exist.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Integrative Music Theory 1
  • Integrative Music Theory 2
  • Creative Music Composition

Fantauzzo, Laurel

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“My writing subjects have included typhoons, remote islands, dangerous bicycle rides, love stories, and my own family history in California. My interests often delve into third culture identity, race and ethnicity, LGBTQ issues, family relationships, and friendships. I am working on a memoir, Archipelago Sleepovers, on forming a relationship to the homeland that my Filipino family left, and I’m also working on a young adult novel. For more, visit lLaurelfantauzzo.com.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Food Writing
  • Literary Journalism
  • The Polemical Essay

Hemley, Robin

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"I like to challenge myself as a writer and a teacher, exploring ways to bring my myriad interests to bear in the classroom and on the page. I love to explore intersections between genres and, communities, and to cross borders, both geographically and the borders of various disciplines. This is in part why I love collaboration and hybridity as I see intellectual growth not so much in terms of the typical markers of achievement as in exploration. I am delighted to be part of the Arts Faculty at Yale-NUS, a perfect home, I think, for my kind of exploration and collaboration."
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Lee, Chee Keng

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Assistant Professor Lee Chee Keng received his BA (Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies) and MA (Japanese Studies) from National University of Singapore, and his DLitt from Central Academy of Drama, Beijing. While he also writes, translates and occasionally acts, his creative practice is anchored in theatre making, directing and actor training. Dr Lee’s theatre is inspired by his appreciation of Asian traditional forms as well as his systematic study of Stanislavski system during his years at the Central Academy of Drama. He gleans from the influences that form his theatre worldview to develop kinesthetic and perceptual awareness in the performance of actors who work with him. He is excited to be part of the Yale-NUS community, and looks to humanising, experiencing and examining issues around us through theater making.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Actor Training
  • Theatre Making
  • Asian Shakespeare Performance
  • Performance and Ideology
  • Translation in Performance
  • Visual Imagery in Performance

Naoi, Nozomi

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“My research interests include modern Japanese prints and visual culture, the development of new media technologies in modern and contemporary Asia as well as the evolving forms of female imagery in East Asian art and design.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints

Stalla, Heidi

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“My research explores the way that writers challenge the boundaries of fiction and nonfiction in their work. I am particularly interested in the work of Virginia Woolf and have written about the degree to which Woolf’s craft was not only informed by a lifelong interest in historical genres, but also alludes to the appropriation of material and literary culture from Greece, India and Egypt as a form of sociopolitical critique.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
  • Advanced Creative Nonfiction
  • Travel Writing
  • The Craft of Virginia Woolf

Taroutina, Maria

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“Although my research primarily focuses on the architecture, painting and sculpture of Imperial and early Soviet Russia, as a scholar of the 19th and 20th centuries, I am more broadly interested in examining international modernism and its multiple and complex crosscurrents in a global context. More specifically, I am invested in rethinking the opposing binary categories of avant-gardism and revivalism, historicism and innovation, modernity and traditionalism, secularism and religion, and regionalism and internationalisation as they have been applied to the trajectory of modern European art. How do modernities and modernisms deemed to be ‘alternative’ mirror, challenge or oppose the Euro-American model? How do we study and historicise transnational and cross-cultural artistic exchanges? What are the politics, ethics and aesthetics of a genuinely global art history?”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Art And Politics: From Modernity to Post-Modernity
  • Masterpieces of Western Art from the Renaissance to the Present
  • Introduction to the Arts: Totalitarian Art and its Opponents

Weiss, Sarah

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“My teaching and research spring from a keen interest in the interpretation of cultural encounter, inspired by issues and ideas arising from the study of postcoloniality, hybridity, gender, world religions, Southeast Asian performance, and aesthetics. A singer and instrumentalist, I regularly perform with Javanese Gamelan Singa Nglaras — housed in the National University of Singapore’s Southeast Asian Studies Department; the Lecture Notes— a faculty-staff a cappella group at Yale-NUS; and a women's vocal trio yet to be named, performing medieval and renaissance music. As the inaugural Rector of Saga Residential College, my role is to encourage and foster the development of a sense of community, identity and belonging among the many different students, faculty and staff who live, study and work within the walls of the College.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Permeable Boundaries: Music and Cultural Encounter
  • Introduction to the Arts: Urban Sounds, Urban Spaces
  • Performing Gender

White, Tom

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Mr Tom White teaches Documentary & Photojournalism at Yale-NUS College. Originally from Bradford, West Yorkshire in the north of England, Mr White is currently based in Singapore where he works as a freelance photographer. His photography has been published and exhibited internationally. He is a graduate of Goldsmith’s College in London and The International Centre of Photography in New York.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Documentary & Photojournalism

Ypil, Lawrence Lacambra

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“My work explores the relationship of photography and cultural memory and the role of space and place in the construction of identity. I write about the ways people build a home away from home. I am interested in the porousness of the border between poetry and the essay, the pleasure of the conjunction of text and image.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Forms of Poetry