Mdm Tham Yew Chin
谭幼今女士

 

Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award Recipient (2016)
南洋校友成就奖获奖者 (2016)

 

 

Mdm Tham Yew Chin
Arts
B.A. / Class of 1972
B.A. (Honours)/ Class of 1973


Prolific, award-winning writer who has made waves in China

For her remarkable achievements as a writer and contributions to the Chinese literary scene, Nanyang Technological University is proud to present Mdm Tham Yew Chin with the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award.

Better known by her pen name You Jin, Mdm Tham first saw her work published when she was only 11 after she submitted a piece titled I wish to be a fairy tale writer to the now-defunct Singapore newspaper Nanyang Siang Pau. She went on to join the paper as a features reporter and eventually published her first book, A glimpse of society, in 1978 – a collection of special features she had written. As a journalist, Mdm Tham would survive on four to five hours of sleep daily so she had time to write. In 1981, she opted to become a teacher so she would have more time for her family – Mdm Tham went on to teach for nearly three decades, first at Hua Yi Secondary School, then Pioneer Junior College.

To date, she has published 180 books in countries like Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. A writer of short stories, novels, travelogues and essays, her works first started to gain popularity internationally in the late 1980s. She broke into the China market in 1989 when a publisher in Zhejiang released five of her travelogues – about her travels in South America, the Middle East and Europe – in the country. Her popularity spiked in China and her books sold out quickly from Guangzhou to Shanghai, while scores of fans lined up for her autograph at meet-the-author sessions. A decade later, Chongqing City’s Chongqing University set up the You Jin Research Centre for university students to study her works and those of other Southeast Asian writers.

You Jin is most famed for her travelogues, which typically focus on the personal lives of individuals she has met on her travels. She won the National Book Development Council of Singapore book award twice – in 1982 and 1992– for her travelogue The White House in the Desert and her novel The Burning Lion respectively. Her other awards include the inaugural Singapore Chinese Literary Award from the Singapore Literature Society in 1991, the inaugural Montblanc-NUS Centre for the Arts Literary Award in 1996, the Cultural Medallion – Singapore’s highest arts accolade – in 2009, and the Singapore Literature Prize (Merit award, Chinese Non-Fiction) in 2014. The National Library Board also selected Short Stories by You Jin for its nationwide reading initiative, Read! Singapore, in 2008.

 

谭幼今女士
文学院
文学士/ 1972年毕业班
文学士(荣誉学位)/ 1973年毕业班


著作等身  享誉中国文坛的得奖作家


作家谭幼今女士多年来孜孜不倦地创作,蜚声中外、载誉无数;南洋理工大学为表彰她在中文文坛取得的显赫成就与杰出贡献,特此授予南洋校友成就奖。

谭女士笔名“尤今”,自小热爱写作,第一篇习作“我要做个小小童话家”发表于当年的新加坡华文报章《南洋商报》。当时她才11岁,此文刊出后她便与创作结下不解之缘。而后加入《南洋商报》,先后担任外勤记者、副刊编辑,1978年出版了第一本著作《社会鳞爪》,集结了自己深入基层采访撰写的多篇新闻特写。当记者期间,为了在新闻工作之外挤出更多时间写作,她不惜牺牲睡眠,天天只睡四五小时。1981年,谭女士为了照顾家庭而毅然辞去报馆工作,转投教育界,先后在华义中学和先驱初级学院任教,执教长达30年。

迄 2016年 10 月份,谭女士已出版作品 180 部,在新加坡、中国、台湾、香港和马来西亚等多个国家和地区出版。创作形式多为小品文、小说、游记和散文,于20世纪80年代后半叶在海内外开始广受欢迎。作品最早于1989年获引入中国市场,当时中国浙江一家出版社将她书写南美洲、中东和欧洲的五部游记推出国内市场,结果大受中国读者欢迎。随后每当其作品在广州以至上海的书局面市,常是上架没多久便售罄,每逢签书会总有大批粉丝列队索取签名。2000年,位于中国重庆市的重庆师范大学正式成立“尤今研究中心”,专供校内在籍大学生研究谭女士以及其他东南亚作家的创作。

尤今以写游记见长,她通常以旅途中遇见的人物为描写重点。1982年及1992年,她先后凭散文集《沙漠里的小白屋》和小说集《燃烧的狮子》荣获新加坡全国书籍发展理事会所颁发的书籍奖。尤今的创作屡获殊荣,包括1991年第一届新华文学奖、1996年第一届万宝龙━国大艺术中心文学奖、2009年新加坡新闻与艺术部颁发的最高荣誉━文化奖,以及2014年的新加坡文学奖(非小说类,优异奖)。2008年,《尤今小说选》获国家图书馆管理局遴选为全民阅读运动“读吧,新加坡”的指定读本。

 

Printer-friendly | Send to a friend