Sailing at Night

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Sailing at Night
Acrylic on canvas
30cm x 40cm
Raihan Mustaqim Bin Johari (11, Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School)

In Raihan’s interpretation of the Chinese junk, the ship is cradled by the ocean, and in turn, it cradles the passengers within who are eager to reach shore. Junks were a big part of Singapore’s colourful past as a major trading post. In the 18th to mid-19th century, the junks carried immigrants from China who were searching for a brighter future overseas. Those who sank roots in this tiny island of Southeast Asia would become the brave pioneers of modern Singapore.