Meet the Author: Dr Ang Swee Chai will be organized at Gerakbudaya, Petaling Jaya on 30th October 2016 (Sunday).
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Meet the Author: Dr. Ang Swee Chai, the woman behind From Beirut to Jerusalem (Chinese version). This bilingual event will be held in English and Mandarin.
From Beirut to Jerusalem, what kind of a journey?
The land of Palestine became the state of Israel in 1948. The experience of invasion and occupation, expulsion from their homeland, massacre, death and destruction, became integral to the collective memory of millions of Palestinians who were (and are) forced into exile abroad, whilst their families remain in occupied Palestine.
These people are calling for a free and peaceful homeland of Palestine.
These people have a common belief that they never forget even in their dreams: they are going back from Beirut to Jerusalem one day.
From Beirut to Jerusalem, what the book is about:
Israel invaded Beirut in 1982. The Israeli military surrounded the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra-Shatila and blocked all of the entrances, three thousand of Palestinian in the camps were murdered during the massacre.
Dr Ang Swee Chai is a witness and survivor of the tragedy. In order to disclose the truth of the massacred to the world, she decided to take the long journey, from Beirut to Jerusalem, armed with her first hand information, to testify at the Kahan Commission of Inquiry.
Since then, she has traveled back and forth many times on the road. This journey has become a routine in her provision of treatment and healing to the injured Palestinian and others. She recorded these experiences and put them into words. Hence, now we have the book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, a book calling for fairness and justice, love and truth.
Dr Ang Swee Chai, who is she?
She is a Penang-born Singaporean.
She left Singapore in 1977, accompanying her politically persecuted husband who escaped to London, and lived in exile there. After years of exile, she, as one of the 12 major respondents in the documentary, To Singapore with Love, talked about her attachment to her homeland and her regret for not being able to return home.
In 2014, the Media Development Authority of Singapore prohibited public screening of the documentary in the name of national security.
In 2016, her fellow Singaporeans rejected the negative attitude of the authorities. In doing so they translated her book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, into Chinese. The book originally published twenty-seven years ago, aside from its other multi-lingual versions, finally has its Chinese translation published.