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|"Mr. Kiasu" series|
Lau created the Mr Kiasu book and self-published the title in 1990 in Singapore. The first title is "Everything Also I Want". Lau was involved in publishing the Mr Kiasu book series for a period of 10 years, from 1990 to 1999. During this time, he was also involved in publishing another 20 over comics titles, both in English and Chinese titles.
Subsequently, he started a company - Vasunas – during the dotcom boom, raising money from venture capitalists, and got familiar with the financial community in both Singapore and the Asia region. He traveled widely and started branches and rep- offices for Vasunas in Japan, Taiwan and India with his partner Vishnuram.
Lau got involved with Creative Youth Xchange (CYX) in 2005 when the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) invited him to run the program as the creative director. He re-designed the program and signed on for three years to start a program that invites youth under the age of 29 years old to come to Singapore, typically for a period of two weeks to partake in a workshop/competition. The two-week program includes usually a half dozen mentors from all walks of life such as art, music, advertising, theatre, media and design. The first program was run together with partner Gallery Hotel.
Apart from the youth program, Lau recently ran another program with ASEF, bringing together 12 professionals in the comics field from 12 countries to unite in Singapore to create a comics book. He serves as part of the selection panel to locate and invite the participants, together with the ASEF staff members. http://comix.asef.org/team.html
Lau initiated a program with MICA that allows creative talents from all disciplines to come together under one brand- Rojak. Lau established a company to manage the collective brand. Using funds from MICA, his role is to identify companies that are keen to create new product lines to come under the Rojak brand, and provide a brand development fund to create prototypes. Once the products have enough feedback from the market, the company will further invest or bring in investors to fund the production of the products.
- Johnny Lau at the Internet Movie Database
- Creative Youth Exchange
- The origin of Mr. Kiasu
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