Choi! Touchwood!
A walk through Singapore's Chinatown: a Journey in Chinese traditions superstitions, myths and taboos

Coming from a Singaporean Chinese phrase that translates as knocking on wood to counter bad luck, this illustrated book creatively unfolds the traditions and superstitions throughout Chinatown – find out why there are bat motifs in a Chinese temple or why you should bite on new shoes before wearing them or why red dates a must-haves at a Chinese wedding. A 20-page pocket guide accompanies the book and walks readers from Thian Hock Keng Temple and winds its way through Ann Siang Hill and Sago Street before ending at Smith Street in the heart of Chinatown.

Choi! Touchwood! is available in major bookstores in Singapore. For more information, please call Basheer Graphic Books at +65 6336 0810
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London Book Festival 2010

Design for Asia Award 2011
DFA Silver Award

2012 HOW International Design Awards
Winner – Best of Show
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