I write

Fiction (short stories)

"What They're Doing Here"
Accepted for publication in an anthology (Singapore: Ethos Books, forthcoming, 2017)

"A Heart the Size of an Armchair"
Accepted for publication in an anthology (Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, forthcoming, 2017)

"Fits and Starts"
Published in adda (London: Commonwealth Writers, 2016)
Accepted for republication in The Best Asian Short Stories, edited by Monideepa Sahu (Singapore: Kitaab, forthcoming, 2017)

"Grandmother"
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014
Published in Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore (Mänoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, volume 26:1), edited by Fiona Sze-Lorrain(Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2014)
Republished in Let’s Tell This Story Properly: Commonwealth Short Story Prize Anthology, edited by Ellah Allfrey (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2015)

"Visiting"
Published in From the Belly of the Cat, edited by Stephanie Ye (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2013)
Republished in The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Two, edited by Jason Erik Lundberg (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2015)

"… what a wonderful indulgence it is to have 15 tales dedicated entirely to the feline universe ... together, they present the cat as both symbol and central character in a delightful multitude of ways."
Corrie Tan, The Straits Times

"Lighthouse"
Published in Balik Kampung, edited by Verena Tay (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2012)
Republished in The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume One, edited by Jason Erik Lundberg (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2013)
Republished in Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore (Mänoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, volume 26:1), edited by Fiona Sze-Lorrain(Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2014)

"… the strongest story [in Balik Kampung] by far is the one that opens the collection: Yu-Mei Balasingamchow's 'Lighthouse'. ... the story captures the vague sadness and mystery of childhood, while also incorporating a unique feature of the neighbourhood as a key plot element."
Stephanie Ye, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore

Non-fiction (books)

Singapore: A Biography
Mark Ravinder Frost and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow
Singapore: National Museum of Singapore/Editions Didier Millet, 2009

"Singapore: a Biography is the best book to emerge on the city-state in recent years … a rich multifaceted exploration of Singapore’s multilayered evolution and development from early times to the 19th century and beyond."
Jason Wordle, South China Morning Post
"A walk through history, which is at times more akin to walking down an old street than to reading a book … If you want to understand the modern city-state and its rich culture within a historical framework, there is no better book."
Daniel Clayton Greer, Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs

Lonely Planet Korea
Simon Richmond, Rob Whyte, Cesar G. Soriano and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow
Lonely Planet Publications, 2010

Lonely Planet Vietnam
Nick Ray, Iain Stewart and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow
Lonely Planet Publications, 2009

Non-fiction (essays)

"Rambling around Bras Basah"
The Cartography Project (working title), forthcoming, 2017

"Approaching Changi"
In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2016)

"Public Housing, Private Lives"
BiblioAsia, volume 12:3, October 2016

"Regardless of Race" (PDF available upon request)
Mynah Magazine, volume 1, October 2016

"My Grandmother's Story"
Junoesq, August 2014
Republished in BiblioAsia, volume 12:2, July 2016

"Excuse Me, Are You Singaporean?" (PDF available upon request)
August Woman, October 2012

"Consider the Kopitiam"
POSKOD.SG, 9 January 2012

"Beyond Nostalgia" (PDF available upon request)
ONE (Raffles Institution), December 2009

"Once Bonded"
s/pores: new directions in singapore studies, 25 July 2009

I've also written travel articles, technology articles and corporate histories, as well as text and media materials for museum exhibitions with a fresh, contemporary style. For a full resume and/or writing samples, please contact me.