Singapore reaps literary dividend from migrant culture

Island state’s ‘temporary’ workers use creative talents to transcend labels and boundaries

Island state’s ‘temporary’ workers use creative talents to transcend labels and boundaries

Of the 30 people who share MD Sharif Uddin’s workers’ barracks in Singapore, only a handful know that he writes. Uddin, who owned a bookshop in Bangladesh, moved to Singapore in 2008 to join the many thousands of his countrymen who come to the city-state to work in the construction sector — paying $10,000 to an agent for the privilege.

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