Sunday, 23 July 2017
Interview with Sonny Liew
Sonny Liew became the first Singaporean to win an Eisner Award, the comic industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. Nominated in six categories, “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye” triumphed in three: Best Writer/Artist, Best US Edition of International Material – Asia and Best Publication Design.
The Eisner awards caps two years of international accolades and acclaim for Liew, including the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize, the Singapore Book Award’s Book of the Year and best international comic at Denmark’s Pingprisen Awards. It has also garnered glowing reviews in major publications such as The New York Times, The Economist and The Washington Post. It has also reached the bestsellers lists at Amazon and The New York Times.
Written and illustrated by Liew, the book is an ambitious meditation on Singapore’s history, socio-political issues, comic art history, censorship and more. It examines key incidents in Singapore’s history such as the Hock Lee Bus riots, and includes the late Lee Kuan Yew and Lim Chin Siong as comic characters.
The book is also publised in other languages like, Spainish, French, Italian and Portugese.
Despite being “digital natives”, youths here are not as well-equipped for the digital economy as they think: A study has found that Singaporean tertiary students overestimate their level of proficiency in digital literacy skills, including in word processing and spreadsheets.
Conducted by International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Asia, the study, Perception and Reality, measured the students’ actual information and communication technology (ICT) literacy standards against their perceived proficiency in such skills.
Nearly 90 per cent of the Singaporean participants in the study, conducted between February and May, rated their skills from “fair” to “excellent”.
However, the participants’ average competency standard — based on the results of their ICDL tests — stood at 55 per cent, which is “relatively low” than the global passing standard mark of 75 per cent, the study noted.
My 2 cents:
Singaporeans are merely users of software. To be tech-savvy, they must go deeper into some technical aspects of the software, able to share data with other computers of different OS, able to do some simple coding, and be able to automate routine tasks, etc. They should not just stop at using the software for routine work, but should customise the software for different environment or project.
Just like driving a car, the driver should do more than just drive. He should be able to maintain his car like changing tire, changing oil or topping up pure water or coolant, etc.