Biography of the Author Terence Heng

Terence Heng

Contributor to CNA, Asia's leading English-language news platform.

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  1. Offerings for a loved one who has passed on. (Photo: Terence Heng)

    Commentary: Why crowds will keep heading to the cemeteries and columbaria during Qing Ming

    Every year, Chinese Singaporeans engage in a frenzy of tomb-sweeping, offering-making and effigy-burning. Qing Ming means more than just filial ...
  2. Wedding

    Commentary: Getting married at year’s end is a Battle Royale

    Netizens are quick to pour scorn on bridal couples who take things too seriously, overspend or become obsessed with creating a perfect day. But is ...
  3. Returning Da Shi Ye, the King of Ghosts, to the underworld

    Commentary: Finding filial duty, spiritual charity in Hungry Ghost Festival rituals

    Roadside offerings spring up and people burn paper effigies. Terence Heng explores the deeper meaning behind these practices of the seventh month ...
  4. A bride and her dress at home, as solemnisations prepare to go virtual.

    Commentary: Virtual solemnisation - weddings could return to basics, with opportunities and challenges

    "Here comes the bride … I’ll send a like." As Singapore works towards enabling remote solemnisation, sociologist Terence Heng discusses what is ...
  5. A Hong Kong couple after their wedding in Australia on 11/11/11

    Commentary: Getting married in an era of consumerism

    Marriage registration fees may have gone up but they are not nearly as much as what couples spend on their wedding. Terence Heng discusses what ...
  6. A sprawling complex in Beijing offers wedding photos for couples who can't afford to travel

    Commentary: The wild world of pre-wedding photoshoots

    A bridal photoshoot at a cemetery in Kluang, Malaysia has sparked debate about whether a line was crossed in that chase towards the most ...
  7. The now closed Hua Nam restaurant which Terence Heng used to visit. (Photo: Author)

    Commentary: Singlish, food, chats with Toa Payoh Hokkien mee owners - things Singaporeans miss when stuck overseas

    With COVID-19, lockdowns and global travel bans this year, many Singaporeans have been unable to make trips home to see friends and family. This ...
  8. Taking Obituary Photos and the Difference between Death and Dying

    Commentary: Taking obituary photos and the difference between death and dying

    People don’t like to talk about death, and that shows when families grapple with how to take Ah Ma’s obituary pictures, Terence Heng.
  9. Mooncakes illustration

    Commentary: The mooncakes we buy speak volumes about ourselves

    Like many Chinese cultural objects, mooncakes contain numerous symbolisms. What does their marketing and consumption tell us about ourselves today?
  10. FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore

    Commentary: COVID-19 online shaming and the harm it can cause

    Global lockdowns have generated increased friction online, where individuals troll, shame and dox others through social media – how right are we ...