Singapore’s founding father, Mr. Lee Juan Yew, has captured the imaginations of people around the world. From kids to influential politicians, the man has touched the lives of so many. Now, Shogakukan Asia is bringing a brand new manga about the man himself. This 2-part comic book series is titled “The Story of LKY”.
The 2-part series is quite easy to read, especially among the younger readers. It aims to engage students and educate them on a facet of Singaporean history they may yet to be familiar with. Volume 1 (Lee Kuan Yew: Growing Up) covers scenes from Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s early years and life in college, as well as his experiences during World War II that would eventually shape his ideals for an independent Singapore. Meanwhile, Volume 2 (Lee Kuan Yew: Road to Independence), on the other hand, portrays a renewed Mr Lee who returns home to Singapore after completing his studies in England. The book covers the1952 post office strike, the People’s Action Party’s formation in 1954, and other events Mr Lee experienced that led to Singapore’s merger with Malaysia and, eventually, separation.
The book is written by author Yoshio Nabeta and illustrated by manga artist Toshiki Takii. Both Japanese creators were present in Singapore on May 25 to attend a book launch event at The Pod, National Library. But before that, they also attended two assembly talks at Boon Lay Garden Primary School and Fuhua Primary School, where they shared with the students their creation process behind the books, as well as the reasons behind why they aspired to be a book author and manga (comic book) artist, respectively.
This would actually be the second comic book about Lee Kuan Yew. Shogakukan Asia previously launched “The LKY Story – Lee Kuan Yew: The Man Who Shaped a Nation” back in October 2016. Nabeta also wrote the story for the series, but this time, fellow Japanese, Yoshihide Fujiwara, did the illustrations. Kinokuniya featured the comic for their bestseller list for comic books and graphic novels. It also also got nominated as a finalist for “Book of the Year” at the Singapore Book Awards 2017, organised by the Singapore Book Publishers Association.
A free preview of both volumes of The Story of LKY is available at http://shogakukan.asia/the-story-of-lky-1 and http://shogakukan.asia/the-story-of-lky-2. A preview of the 2016 graphic novelThe LKY Story is also available at http://shogakukan.asia/The-LKY-Story.
The Story of LKYis available now at all major Singapore bookstores.
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