Ms Lim Guat See, better known by her pen name Duola, is a renowned writer cum artist. She assumes multifaceted roles as Advisor, Contract Writer of the Chinese “Readers Digest”, Researcher, Consultant, Visiting Professor of universities in China and holds various key positions in many associations. She was conferred the DJN award by the Governor of Penang in 2019.
Duola’s writing journey began at her leisure while being a housewife. Driven by her interest and passion in writing, she eventually became a highly acclaimed Chinese writer. To date, Duola has published a total of 52 books and won over 60 literature awards locally and internationally. Her works are incorporated in secondary school and university textbooks in numerous countries and over 100 of her collections have been published in the region. In 2013, she clinched the highest award for overseas writers in the “2nd World Chinese Micro-fiction Competition”. Her entry titled “Misty Day” was the only one singled out by Mr Mo Yan, a Nobel Prize winner in Literature and one of the judges of the competition. Her novel titled “Mirror and Bird on the Pedestrian” was translated into Japanese and made into a short film in the UK. Duola was also voted as one of the top ten most popular Chinese writers in Malaysia. Her literary works have been translated into multiple languages. Besides Chinese literature, Duola is also highly acclaimed for her Chinese brush painting works, having held more than 10 individual art exhibitions and over 60 joint exhibitions worldwide.
Duola has been actively promoting Chinese literature and art through her engagements and participation at Chinese literature conferences around the world. She is also a highly sought-after speaker and lecturer at universities and social organisations in the region.
I am profoundly grateful to all my teachers and principals who have guided me at PCGS. Their words of encouragement have helped me overcome challenges and failures along my journey to success. I pride myself as an alumna of PCGS and have never failed to introduce myself as a former student of PCGS at every speaking opportunity. I am ever grateful that the school library’s vast collection of books provided me with the opportunity to immerse myself in reading. My achievements today would not have been possible without PCGS. I consciously remind myself of the school’s motto “Decorum, Honesty, Diligence, Simplicity” and continue striving to bring pride to my beloved school.