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Acrylic on canvas
30cm x 40cm
Muhammad Yasin Bin Jumat (17, Rainbow Centre Talent Art Programme)

Yasin’s signature style of strong, bold strokes turn the humble Chinese junk into a statement on Singapore’s colourful past as a major trading post. In the 18th to mid-19th century, junks were carried from China to Singapore’s shores by the northeast monsoon in spring, carrying produce such as dried fruit, medicine, earthenware, floor tiles and silk. The junk ships were also the early forms of transport for Chinese immigrants 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.