Peculiar Chris

Peculiar Chris
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First edition
AuthorJohann S. Lee
PublisherCannon International
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)
LC ClassMLCS 92/05580 (P)

Peculiar Chris is a novel which deals with gay themes by Johann S. Lee, published in Singapore by Cannon International in 1992.

Lee wrote the book, his first novel,[1]: 54  while doing his National Service in Singapore at the age of 19. It was published a year later. The book recounts the coming of age, and coming out, of Chris through his experience with the deaths of his father and his lover Samuel,[1]: 54  the latter from AIDS.[2] Chris meets his first lover, Kenneth, in Singapore, where Kenneth has traveled from Indonesia to study; he meets his second lover, Jack, in Sydney after he travels to Australia to come out,[2][3] and leaves for London, the birthplace of Maurice, after Samuel's death.[2] It is also noteworthy for documenting how the military bureaucracy reacts when a soldier comes out in Singapore.[4]

The book was translated into Italian in 1997, under the shortened title of 'Chris'.

Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa'at adapted the novel into the play Happy Endings: Asian Boys Vol. 3. It was staged by W!LD RICE, a Singapore theatre company, from 11 to 29 July 2007.

It was reprinted in 2008.


  1. ^ a b Zubillaga-Pow, Jun (2017). "Kiasipolitics: Sagas, Scandals, and Suicides in Johann S. Lee's Peculiar Chris". In Yong Ade, Wernmei; Lee Ching, Lim (eds.). Contemporary Arts as Political Practice in Singapore. Springer. ISBN 9781137573445.
  2. ^ a b c Lim, Shirley Geok-lin (2003). "Regionalism, English Narrative, and Singapore as Home and Global City". In Bishop, Ryan; Philips, John; Yeo, Wei Wei (eds.). Postcolonial Urbanism: Southeast Asian Cities and Global Processes. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780415932509.
  3. ^ Woolcock, Geoffrey; Altman, Dennis (2009). "The Largest Street Party in the World: The Gay and Lesbian Movement in Australia". In Adam, Barry D.; Duyvendak, Jan Willem; Krouwel, Andre (eds.). The Global Emergence of Gay and Lesbian Politics: National Imprints of a Worldwide Movement. Temple U. Press. p. 341. ISBN 9781439901533.
  4. ^ Heng, Russell Hiang-Khng (2004). "Gay and Lesbian Literature (Singapore)". In Benson, Eugene; Conolly, L.W. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English. Routledge. p. 568. ISBN 9781134468485.