FLYING SLEEVES - THE GRANDEUR OF
CHINESE OPERA

NEWS REPORTS: ST, TNP, LHZB

Author: Dr Chua Ee Kiam
Publisher ; Simply Green
Designer : Dr Chua Ee Kiam & San Choy
Printer : San Choy

Date released: 08082018

 
 

SYNOPSIS This delightful curation of Chinese opera genres showcases the rich Chinese heritage in Singapore. Chinese opera was named a preserved art form by UNESCO in 2001. These opera performances(by both local and foreign troupes) in Singapore were photographed over a 12 year period. The camera follows the performances on the streets or at community halls, temples sites or concert halls. It reveals a vibrant yet a dying art.

 

Flying Sleeves, the Grandeur of Chinese Opera - documents this effervescent performance art through 200 pages, suffused with about 350 breath-taking images.

 
 

left: Finalist for Coffee-table Book / Photography, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, USA; 2019. right: Silver Medal in Performance Arts category, Independent Publishers, 2019

 
 

FOUR FINALISTS AND FOUR WINNERS

*Finalist for the Da Vinci Eye, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, USA; 2019
*Finalist for Grand Prize Award, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, USA; 2019
*Finalist for Coffee-table Book / Photography, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, USA; 2019
*Finalist for Book of the Year, Singapore Book Awards, 2019 *Silver Medal in Performance Arts category, Independent Publishers, New York; 2019 *Honorable Mention in Culture category, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, 2019
*Grand Awardin One-of-the-Kind Publications, Apex Awards, USA,2019 *Winner in Best Non-Fiction Title 2019, Singapore Book Awards, 2019

 
 

 

The Benjamin Franklin Awards Committee - Judge 1

Flying Sleeves- The Grandeur of Chinese Opera intended purpose of a proper Coffee Table book is the ease in which it takes us through the subject and the feeling of enjoyment and revelation of the subject that the author gives us. This is that sort of book! Dr. Kiam(Chua) has the appropriate amount of text to photograph and take the viewer through with ease. All facts are well presented and detailed and well organized. Displaying the timeline of centuries of the Chinese Opera give the viewer an understanding of the long life of this art and how it has evolved and the history of the art.

The title is a proper fit for the book since the sleeves generally play a role in each show. Dr. Kiam (Chua) addresses all aspects including dressings, colors used, make-up, and “paraphernalia” necessary for each opera presentation. The cover and title are an invitation to view more of the content of the publication. This is a complete and beautiful presentation of the history of Chinese Opera of which few of us are aware.

 

Benjamin Franklin Awards Committee - Judge 2

The writing is excellent for this type of book. You spent many years bringing this book to a very
professional level. The pictures are also excellent. A complete history of the Chinese opera!!!

Well done!!! I understand your purpose of this book is to encourage young people to carry on the tradition. Frankly, it is too overwhelming for most young people to read. It is more for those reminiscing about the past.

 

 
   
   
     
 
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