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SQ21 and Tong Lei

 TONG LEI “同类”

It is his 21st birthday. Xiaoyou decides to take a second chance with his ex-boyfriend, a man 25 years older than him. Will they be able to last? Is Xiaoyou looking for true love or yearning for fatherly love?

At a party organised by his gay friend, Alan, Ah Soo receives a shocking revelation from a woman carrying a toddler. Ah Soo flees the party before it ends - but he cannot to escape the destiny that binds them together.

Shaoqiang’s first day in the army spirals into romantic fantasies the moment he meets his charismatic sergeant. Can he curb his affection, or will he be trapped in a dangerous game?

Kai’en’s mum stumbles upon her son in the embrace of his “housemate”. How will she reconcile herself to her son’s sexuality? How will Kai’en come out to his mum?

Seven gripping stories make up Tong Lei, Singapore’s first collection of Chinese short fiction. Each story is based on a true account of from the lives of gay men in contemporary Singapore. Written by Ken Ang, the book is accompanied by two theme songs 剩下 and 放心 by composed and performed by Tin Ang.

This project is brought to you by Oogachaga (OC), the publishers of the popular Singapore Queers of the 21st Century (SQ21) in conjunction with OC’s tenth anniversary.  The book will be launched during IndigNation 2009. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be channeled to OC’s support group programmes and counselling services.








Where to get Tong Lei
Please contact us at contact@oogachaga.com if you are interested for a copy of Tong Lei


What is it like for men and women to grow up here, to come out their families, to find love and work and meaning? What are their stories? For the first time in Singapore, a book answers these questions, showing our true faces and celebrating our lives as individuals.

  • OC’s first venture into self-publishing in 2006 was a runaway success. Written by Ng Yi-Sheng and edited by Jason Wee, the 14 personal accounts from gay individuals were told in a light, readable style. The first of its kind in Asia, the compilation of inspirational stories touched the hearts of young and old, single or in love, Singaporean and otherwise.

This project would not have been possible without the contributions of the author Ng Yi-Sheng, editor Jason Wee, photographer Alphonsus Lee, book designers Cyrus Ho and Kelvin Ng and interviewees, who all volunteered their services free of charge. We thank Mox Bar & Cafe and Borders for providing the venues for the launch of this historic book.

The book is available at major bookstores as well as Select Books, Fridae.com, and directly from OC. Sales will go toward a recovery of production costs and the funding of OC’s further projects, such as support groups, workshops, forums, and counseling sessions. To place an order, call 626-86-626 or write to contact@oogachaga.com

"... The book, which features the interviewees' full names and photographs, is the first project of its kind in the city-state where gay sex acts are still criminalised under Section 377 of the Singapore Penal Code inherited from British colonial rule. ..." Fridae August 20, 2006

"... And yet, after reading them, only the most emotionally inert or dishonest will fail to see their own lives reflected in the accounts ..." Woo Yen Yen & Colin Goh, excerpt from the Foreword of SQ21.

"... I want to keep the idea of coming out alive in the way we make and remake ourselves. I am not suggesting it as dogma, as social discipline, as initiation rites, as a must-do, must-have item in the way we talk about ourselves. Rather, I am suggesting that there is still power in it as a strategic choice, as a spontaneous decision to affect perceptions when we render an invisible aspect of ourselves visible, as a unfixed, unstable form of saying who we are that sits uneasily in the fixed categories of being we are given. ..." Jason Wee, Editor SQ21

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