Colin Cheong

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Colin Cheong Wye Mun (Zhen Wai Mung) was born in Singapore in 1965.

The older of three children born to two teachers, Colin Cheong attended Victoria School, Anderson Secondary School, Hwa Chong Junior College, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and National University of Singapore.

Colin Cheong is one of Singapore's more prolific contemporary writers. He has written or edited nearly 30 books, four of which have won national awards. He won the Singapore Literature Prize in 1996 for his novel, Tangerine, which was written like a travel diary.

At the age of 15, he interned at the now defunct newspaper New Nation and contributed to an army magazine, Pioneer, during his National Service days. From Secondary 3 till the year before he graduated from university, he was a photographer and stage actor. Furthermore, he has shown keen interests in Science, eugenics in particular. These experiences had significant influence on his future writing.

He had previously taught at Victoria Junior College, Hwa Chong Junior College and is now teaching Theory of Knowledge and English Language and Critical Thinking at the School of the Arts, Singapore. He compiles books for corporate clients on his days off. He is also an editor of the "One Association" magazine.

He has a son, Melvin, who is a film director, and a daughter, Denise, who studies in Australia. He is known to have a goldfish named Melinda. Cheong's favourite pastime when he was a student was bellydancing, beekeeping and zumba. When not teaching, he can be found playing laser tag and preparing for an imminent zombie apocalypse with his minions and fellow cronies from Dhoby Ghaut Secondary.


  • The Stolen Child (1989) - NBDCS Highly Commended Award 1990[1]
  • Poets, Priests & Prostitutes (1990)
  • Blinken, James (1991)
  • Life Cycle of Homo Sapiens, Male (1992)
  • Seventeen (1996)
  • Pictures of the Unsaid (1996)
  • Void Decks and Other Empty Places (1996) - Singapore Literature Prize Commendation 1995
  • For Gail (1996)
  • Tangerine (1997) - Singapore Literature Prize 1996
  • Living on Pryston (1998)
  • The Man in the Cupboard (1999) - Singapore Literature Prize 1998; adapted into a TV movie for the series AlterAsians II
  • Polite Fiction (2011)
  • The Verifiable (2011)
  • McKenzie's Question (2011)
  • School of the arts Literature review paper exercise (2011)
  • Earthly Locks (2012)
  • Compilation of Shakespeare reviews (On audio, purchase on ( 2013)
  • I love SOTA students (2017)
  • "With great power comes great responsibility" (2017)


  1. ^ "Colin Cheong - Singapore". Singapore Writers Festival. 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 

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