Post-PopUp at CCA
Block 38, Studio #01-07
Malan Road, Gillman Barracks
Singapore 109441

In this talk, Shao Han will share his plans of using games to foster a new culture of learning in Singapore. He will present some of his experiences with creating imaginary situations with his co-players of tabletop role-playing games (TRPGs) such as Dungeons and Dragons. He will also discuss how TRPG players can learn and reflect on various matters as they play together, and become better acquainted with perspectives and situations different from those in their everyday lives.

Shao Han observes these gaming experiences can be used to nurture and hone the imaginations of the players, and he believes these games can be used by individuals to improve their awareness of themselves, deepen their empathy towards others, as well as increase their knowledge and understanding of the world. He believes these qualities are very hard to teach in a more conventionally pedagogical fashion, and believes it is is instead more conducive for individuals to learn such traits through experience, reflection, and discussion. Hence, in pursuit of this goal, he uses TRPGs to create imaginary worlds which players can explore.

Shao Han also understands there are many obstacles which await him in his goal, and will also discuss these challenges and some of his plans for overcoming them. In spite of these difficulties, Shao Han remains optimistic that he can help to make things change for the better.

Shao Han tutors Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, and also used to teach History and Literature at the secondary school level. He has also worked as a researcher and project manager at the Learning Sciences Laboratory in the Nanyang Technological University, and has taught private tuition. He thinks this wide range of experiences in different aspects of education has helped to broaden his perspective, and believes that he is better prepared for the tasks ahead. Shao Han is also an avid player of different games, and he shamelessly and voraciously consumes vast quanitites of popular culture about giant robots and ridiculously melodramatic superheroes.

The project More than [show] business – Post-PopUp at CCA is a collaborative effort between Post-Museum and CCA, led by curators Anca Rujoiu and Vera Mey, with the additional support of the National Arts Council (NAC).