Tembusu Reading Pod AY 2020/21 Sem 2

January 05, 2021

Care to read and discuss a book outside your curriculum this semester? You can register via Eventbrite (click on the link) by 17th January 2021, Sunday.

An email will be sent to all participants after 17th January to confirm their registration. The reading pod facilitator will contact participants via email to provide more details (e.g. starting date).
Safety measures must be observed (e.g. no gathering of more than 8 persons at each time, mask on at all times); refer to the NUS Circular #30 for safe measurement guidelines. 

Participants are responsible to purchase their own book; eBook is accepted. First 5 sign-ups are eligible for the subsidy - you need only pay maximum S$10 for the book of your choice. These participants can submit an RFP for reimbursement of their purchase (e.g. book purchased at $15, college will reimburse $5). Subsequent sign-ups are welcome.


  1. The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Student Facilitator: Zachary Tan) 
  2. Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene: Environmental Perspectives on Life in Singapore edited by Matthew Schneider-Mayerson (Student Facilitator: Koh Hong Kai) 
  3. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (Student Facilitator: Nigel Neo)  
The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.