Hi, I'm Yu-Mei.

I write fiction, essays and social histories, and develop exhibitions on Singapore history.

My short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014, selected for The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories (2013 & 2015), and published in the UK and the US. I co-edited the literary collection In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel (2016), which received a four-star review in the Straits Times. In 2015, I was an honorary fellow in writing at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. I'm currently working on a novel.

My previous non-fiction work includes Singapore: A Biography (Singapore: National Museum of Singapore/Editions Didier Millet, 2009), which I co-authored with Mark Ravinder Frost. It received a gold prize at the Asia Pacific Publishers Association Awards 2010 and was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2010. My essays are widely published in Singapore.

I'm also the co-editor, with Dr Adeline Koh, of two volumes of academic essays, Women and the Politics of Representation in Southeast Asia: Engendering Discourse in Singapore and Malaysia (London: Routledge, 2014) and "Troubling Gender, Vexing Sexualities in Singapore and Malaysia", a special guest-edited issue of Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific (Canberra: The Australian National University, 2014).

For a full list of my published work, please click here.

I research, write, edit and consult regularly for the National Museum of Singapore, National Archives of Singapore, National Heritage Board and other cultural institutions in Singapore. Previously, I was a travel writer for publishers such as Lonely Planet, worked in government communications, and taught English literature and General Paper at ‘A’ Level.

Since 2001 I've had a personal blog, where I write about Singapore, writing, food, travel and other miscellany. I've also had professional writing and website editor gigs at POSKOD.SG, Schoolbag, Sinema, Yesterday.sg, Singapore Metblogs and Popgadget.

For the latest on what I'm up to, find me on Twitter or my blog.

Last updated 9 January 2017.