"Undesirable pastime" helped him win $100.000 scholarship

Feb 23, 2008

ST Life! (23 Feb, p 3) and ZB (23 Feb, p 15) noted that the prestigious 2007 Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship had been presented to talented digital artist, Yap Kun Rong. A Hwa Chong Institution graduate with a strong academic record, Yap will pursue a diploma in digital art in Japan. Yap's works have been showcased at the UOB Painting of The Year Exhibition in 2004. An all-rounded scholar and sportsman in school, he had also been participating actively in community work, selling his artworks to raise funds. The article mentioned that most parents would term reading comics and dabbling with computer games as “undesirable pastime”, but for Yap, being exposed to such popular culture inspired him and sparked his creativity.