Singapore: NLB removes Chinese-language children book for review after library user complains it is racist

(19 Jul 2020) The National Library Board (NLB) has removed a Chinese-language children’s book for review after a reader complained that it is racist.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman for NLB said on Sunday (July 19) evening that the board is currently reviewing the book, in view of feedback from its patrons.

The spokesman added: “This will be done in consultation with our Library Consultative Panel, which is an independent and citizen-based panel.

“In line with our established procedures, we have removed all copies of the book from our libraries during the period of review.”

Who Wins? by Wu Xing Hua is a picture book that features a “dark-skinned” boy with “oily curly hair” named Mao Mao – Chinese for hairy – who is an aggressive school bully.

The book, for children aged seven to nine, was published in 2018 in Singapore by Marshall Cavendish Education.

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