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AMANDA CHONGWriter • Poet

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About


AMANDA CHONGWriter • Poet

 Image Credit: Ejun Low

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About

Amanda Chong is a lawyer trained in Cambridge and Harvard, who writes poems on her lunch breaks. Her poetry has been engraved on the Marina Bay Helix Bridge and included in the Cambridge International GCSE syllabus. Her first collection of poetry, Professions, was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018.

She is interested in exploring themes of gender and power in both her poetry and academic writing, which has been published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. Her creative work has appeared in Monocle, The Straits Times and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore.

Amanda also co-founded ReadAble, a non-profit organisation that runs weekly English literacy classes for children and migrant women in a low-income neighbourhood since 2014, with the aim of improving social mobility. She was founding web editor of poetry.sg, the first online database of Singapore poetry, complete with critical analyses and a multimedia archive.

In her legal career, Amanda was the top candidate at the Singapore Bar in 2013 and served as an expert at the United Nations Expert Group on the International Legal Definition of Trafficking in Persons in 2016. She regularly speaks on public policy and social justice issues in schools and national forums. In 2017, she presented the ChannelNewsAsia documentary "Law of the Land" on the social impact of laws in Singapore society from crown colony to sovereign republic including the abolition of servitude and enshrining of women's rights. She was awarded the Singapore Youth Award in 2018, the nation’s highest accolade for youths.