the cut

Before Singapore was the urbanised concrete jungle she is now, kampongs (or small community settlements) were commonplace.

Although we often hear of life being more laid back in those days, there was also adventure to be found as Koh Hong Teng recounts kung fu fighting, grasshopper catching and some danger in “The Cut”. I had a quick conversation with Hong Teng to find out more about his comic.

Daryl: Why did you choose the title “The Cut”?

Hong Teng: It refers to the incident where my cousin injured himself with the cutter.

D:  How did you go about choosing which memories to include in “The Cut”?

HT: I didn’t need much choosing, to be honest. When I first came to know about this project, that incident popped up without further prompting.

D: There are so many interesting parts to the comic, which is your favourite part?

HT: I guess it would be the part when we were making our ‘weapons’.

The boys make their weapons
The boys make their weapons

D: How do you think this story will resonate of people who were born in the 80s and 90s and never lived in kampongs?

HT: I think what really resonates with the younger people is to be able to have a fun and adventurous childhood, the opportunity to interact and play with relatives and friends. It doesn’t really matters whether you lived in a kampong or not.

D: What do you hope Singaporeans take away with them after reading “The Cut”?

HT: I just hope that they’ll enjoy the story.

We hope you enjoyed this interview, do check out the comic “The Cut” featured on the Singapore Memory Project!

Daryl Tay
Singapore Memory Project


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