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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
23–26 May 2024

This panel session explores how languages and dialects other than English can enrich storytelling, provide authenticity and cultural depth. The conversation also includes the challenges and responsibilities authors and publishers face in accurately portraying local languages and dialects, and the editorial choices necessary for effective representation.

Andrea Wang

Andrea Wang (USA)

Andrea Wang is an acclaimed author of children’s books. Her picture book Watercress was awarded the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, among other accolades. Her other books, Summer at Squee, The Many Meanings of Meilan, Luli and the Language of Tea, Magic Ramen, and The Nian Monster, have also received awards and starred reviews. Her work explores culture, creative thinking, and identity. She lives in Colorado with her family. For more information about Andrea and her books, please visit

Josephine Chia

Josephine Chia (Singapore)

Josephine Chia is a  local author who likes to feature Singaporean history, life and fables in her books. Proud of her Peranakan heritage , she includes facets of her rich culture and heritage. Josephine writes both fiction and non-fiction, with 14 published books here and in UK. When she was living in UK, she was a finalist for UK’s Ian St James Award and won other literary prizes. Her Masters in Creative Writing is from UK Bath Spa University. After her return home, she won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2014 for her non-fiction memoirs, Kampong Spirit/Gotong Royong, which is based on the attap village she grew up in the 1950s. Her children’s novel, Queen of the Sky, was shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Award 2018. In 2019, she won the Singapore Publishers Book Award for her first YA Novel, Big Tree in a Small Pot.

Josephine is a Creative Writing mentor with a passion to nurture the future writers of Singapore. Several of her students are now published writers. 

Programme dates and times are subject to change.