A year has passed since the start of the Circuit Breaker period started on 7 April 2020. It was an unprecedented event that will go down as a defining moment in Singapore’s history. Singapore artist and printmaker Joseph Chiang has a light-hearted comic-based book, Chronicles of a Circuit Breaker, to help us look back at that point in time.
Overview of Chronicles of a Circuit Breaker by Joseph Chiang
Chronicles of a Circuit Breaker, as the name implies, captures key events and milestones that took place during the Circuit Breaker period in Singapore.
It takes in the events that took place from April to June 2020.
In the book, Joseph humorously captures with the activities which characterised the Circuit Breaker period. From the early days when there was rush to stockpile toilet paper to the struggles of working from home.
There are also daily experiences which many of folks will be able relate to. For example, who hasn’t left home only to realise that everyone is staring funnily at you because you forgot to put on a face mask. Or how about grappling with the urge to exercise or to spend meaningful time together as a family while sheltering at home together.
The book ends with a recap of eight one-liner lessons learnt from the Circuit Breaker experience. We thought that these nuggets of wisdom were insightful and allowed us to reflect on this epochal event in Singapore’s history whilst gleaning something positive from the experience.
Chronicles Of A Circuit Breaker Review
The book is something that the whole family can enjoy together. The experiences are presented as funny little vignettes, in a six-panel comic format. This makes the book an easy and accessible read for all ages.
Chronicles of A Circuit Breaker captures, in a light-hearted manner, a defining moment which Singaporeans collectively lived through in 2020 and will remember for a long time to come. We are glad to be able to look back at it, thanks to Joseph’s book, with some levity.
Chronicles of a Circuit Breaker is available here.