SENIOR LECTURER & PROGRAM DIRECTOR (CENTRE FOR WRITING & RHETORIC)
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Yang Huei’s eclectic career has brought him to many places and placed him in a variety of unexpected situations. This outcome has played a part in his training as a professional raconteur. His detractors, however, claim to detect a whiff of Mittyesque wafting down the corridors.
For now, he is prodding his second manuscript – viewing Haiphong from 22,000 feet. Initially planned for an earlier release, he is waylaid by a thicket of ever increasing teaching commitments and office realpolitik. Moving along in fits and starts, in no way like that eastern helmsman, he fumbles his way through the maws of Scylla and Charybdis, much to the chagrin of his colleagues. Alas, when the fearful trip is done, little is noted of his scholarly progress.
When the winds are fair, he often plies his trade in a space not unlike those apprentice sweatshops at rue Saint-Séverin, Paris, of the late 1730s. Invariably, a bunch of speeches by a former Singaporean Defense Minister distracts him, while another manuscript on Frédéric Joliot-Curie’s Chinese PhD student constantly beckons. Meanwhile, he has started inquiries about a certain coolie’s journey to the “Dark Continent”, arguably, it is analogous to going down the rabbit hole.