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Asian Festival of Children’s Content

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Southeast Asia is a unique region with a diverse array of cultures, languages and traditions. The writers in this panel will each share their own take of what a "Southeast Asian" narrative might mean and discuss the similarities and differences of the experiences depicted in their writing.

Southeast Asia

Aammton Alias

Aammton Alias (Brunei Darussalam)

Dr. Aammton is a family physician and the author of thirty-three books of supernatural stories. He has won the Brunei Best-seller Award for Real Ghost Stories of Borneo 2. His Real Ghost Stories of Borneo book series is very popular and is the most sought-after book series in Brunei.

Hu Wei

虎威 (Hu Wei) (Singapore)


Hu Wei (Francis Wong Hooe Wai) is an architect, a writer, and an illustrator who grew up in Chinatown, Singapore and studied architecture at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.  Since 2016, he has published five picture books, of which The Little Bear’s New Clothes, part of a Chinatown Trilogy, received the White Ravens 2020 label. This label is given to children and youth literature of international interest.

Shoba Dewey Chugani

Shoba Dewey Chugani (Indonesia)

Shoba is the author of Janggan Dragon Kite, which was longlisted for the Scholastic Picture Book Awards in 2015. Shoba has been a management consultant, a preschool owner/teacher, and an early childhood education consultant. She now writes and mentors storytellers and is one of the core team members of KPBA—The Society for the Advancement of Children’s Literature.

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