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Clara Ng: Writing for women and children

  • A. Junaidi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 21 2008   /  10:21 am

Avoiding stereotypes in her literary work, writer Clara Ng portrays women -- the gender of almost all of the main characters in her books -- as a non-single entity. CLARA NG: (JP/A Junaidi) Clara, who has penned eight novels, promotes lesbians, metropolitan career women, victims of domestic violence, animal nursery employees and car workshop owners as the protagonists in her literary works. "I write about women and their complex issues," Clara told The Jakarta Post after recently launching her new book Malaikat Jatuh (Fallen Angel), a collection of short stories. Organized by Qmunity, an umbrella group for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT), the book launch was marked with a discussion of her 2007 novel, Gerhana Kembar (Twin Eclipses), which explores lesbianism. In the novel, Clara, a graduate of communication studies from Ohio...