Yeng Pway Ngon

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Yeng Pway Ngon
Born (1947-01-26) January 26, 1947 (age 67)
Bugis, Singapore
Notable awards Singapore Literature Prize (2004,2008,2012)
Cultural Medallion for Literature (2003)
S.E.A. Write Award (2013)
Spouse Goh Beng Choo
Children Ying Ke Wei
Yeng Pway Ngon
Chinese 英培安
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yeng (英).

Yeng Pway Ngon (Chinese: 英培安; pinyin: Yīng Péi'ān) is a Singaporean poet, novelist and critic in the Chinese literary scene in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

A prolific writer, Yeng’s works have been translated into English, Malay and Dutch. Yeng has been a recipient of the Singapore Book Award, the Singapore Literature Prize (thrice), and the Southeast Asian Writers Award (also known as the S.E.A. Write Award).[1] For his contributions to the literary scene, Yeng was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Literature in 2003.

Early life[edit]

Yeng was born in the Bugis area of Singapore in 1947. His father was a Chinese physician who came from China and his mother worked in a coffee shop in the area. Yen’s parents married during the Japanese Occupation (1942–1945).

Yeng graduated from Ngee Ann College with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Literature in 1969.


From 1978 to 1983, Yeng worked as a newspaper columnist for Nanyang Siang Pau writing for the column Chang Hua Duan Shuo. In 1983, Nanyang Siang Pau merged with Sin Chew Jit Poh to become Lianhe Zaobao. Yeng continued contributing as a columnist for the new paper’s Ren Zai Jiang Hu column.

Yeng became a full-time writer in the 1980s. He also wrote radio plays for Rediffusion and published many of his works. In 1987, he published a novel, Yi Ge Xiang Wo Zhe Yang De Nan Ren (A Man Like Me), which won the National Book Development Council of Singapore Book Award the following year.

In 1995, Yeng spent a year in Hong Kong as a freelance columnist for United Daily News, Ming Pao, Sing Tao Daily and Sing Tao Evening News. He returned to Singapore later that year and reopened Grassroots Book Room until 2014.



  • 《一個像我這樣的男人》 (A Man Like Me, 1987)
  • 《騷動》 (Unrest, 2002)
  • 《我與我自己的二三事》 (Trivialities About Me and Myself, 2006)
  • 《画室》 (The Studio, 2011)


  1. ^ Nanda, Akshita (8 October 2013). "Singapore author Yeng Pway Ngon wins SEA Write Award". The Straits Times. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 

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