Mr Kiasu is a popular Singaporean cartoon character created by Johnny Lau, a spoof of Singaporeans and their many habits and quirks.
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Best uniquely Singaporean comic character of all time
Mr Kiasu exhibits the distinctive traits that Singaporeans are in general associated with. Firstly, kiasu-ism, or the spirit of being afraid to lose. He has a cousin called Kiasee, the spirit of being afraid to die. A girlfriend named ai swee, or the spirit of thinking of much of your looks, and her close friend yau kwee, the spirit of being greedy when eating.
Mr Kiasu's adventures reflect the hilarious side of Singapore's everyday life. Such traits, unique to Singaporeans, have caused quite a lot of raised eyebrows from plenty of foreigners who simply can't imagine how these behaviours have found a place in the local etiquette. Moreover, it allows us to look at ourselves from another perspective.
I'd recommend the Mr Kiasu series to anyone looking for a good read, the amount of fun and laughter when reading it over a good cup of coffee is indeed worth the $10 you spend on it!
This was my childhood book! It was given to me by an aunt, of which I kept it till now. It was always entertaining to read Mr. Kiasu and I never got bored of it. Perhaps it was the Singaporean way of writing that makes the book so relatable to the Singapore lifestyle, or maybe it was just comic relief from the stress of Singapore education.
The book is written in simple english, or rather, Singlish. And I can say that I picked up Singlish mostly from Mr. Kiasu books. I love it when Mr. Kiasee, Kiasu's cousin appears in the book as it reminds me of the Singapore aunties. I really miss reading Mr. Kiasu books!
Kiasu-ism at its best!
Oh wow, i almost forgot about the existence of this comic until i saw this listing! Suddenly memories of this lovable, adorable comic floods me.
I remember the school days where we would be clutching a mr kiase book in hand, and whenever one of our classmates did something akin of kiasu-ism, we would shout loud in unision "Mr Kiasu!". That was us kids. But nostalgia does hit me. Those carefree days where a simple comic like that filled with corny jokes and beautiful illustrations was enough to make our day.
My, i do miss my Mr Kiasu.
I miss Mr Kiasu!
Where on earth did Mr Kiasu go to?
I absolutely adored this comic. Coming from someone who doesn't really like to read comics, this is quite a strong statement. It was funny, chock full of slapstick and truly embodied the best of Singaporean humour - where Singaporeans make fun of the little quirks of Singaporean culture.
Mr Kiasu should be considered one of our national icons, but sadly he is little-known today because bookstores don't sell Mr Kiasu anymore. For the life of me I can't understand why, because these comics surely kept me entertained for a long while, and made me appreciate Singaporean culture better.
Bring back Mr Kiasu please!
Humorous take on kiasuism
I still remember the childhood days I spent whiling the time away reading Mr Kiasu comics. The comics were short and thus easy to understand for the young me. The plot was also always kept interesting for the readers since they never repeated, and they poked fun at the various aspects of kiasuism (scared to lose), such as endlessly chasing sales and freebie giveaways, often with hilarious consequences.
I also remember my interest being piqued when kiaseeism (scared to die) in the form of Mr Kiasu's brother, Mr Kiasee, was introduced. This was because up until that point, I had only known of the existence of kiasuism but not kiaseeism, and it was sort of an eye-opener for me. I attribute the low degree of kiasuism in my generation (as compared to my parents and grandparents' generation) to the Mr Kiasu comics, which allowed children to be aware of kiasuism - a very Singaporean but rather disgraceful character trait - since young, and thus stop themselves from becoming like that.
However, the high percentage of my generation speaking Singlish may also be attributed to this comic.
I remember reading Mr Kiasu as a child-the books exposed me to many facets of Singaporean life, which, at that age, I could not fully comprehend, but it was worth a few laughs.
The comics poked fun at aspects such as 'chope-ing' seats at a hawker centre, to the ban on chewing gum, things which are truly uniquely Singaporean. Together with his friend, Mr Kiasee, Mr Kiasu was an eye-opener into Singaporean society, and it remains relevant until today.
I wish I could still find these comics! It would be worth re-visiting them and recognise all the jokes that I may have missed out on as a kid.
I remember as a child, going to my aunt's house and always digging through her pile of books/magazines for Mr Kiasu's comics. Sometimes, there'd be a new one, which would fill me up with joy, but most times they aren't - i'll still be happy re-reading them all over again.
They're relatable (even to an 8-year-old), hilarious, and makes me proud to be a Singaporean.
When the TV series came out, I'd watch it near-religiously. When the reruns came in, I'd make a point to watch them too. Usually, book to screen adaptations are awful, but in this case, they turned out fine - and the actor who played Mr Kiasu (can't remember his name - only those thick glasses he wore for the role) was actually good. Sigh, if only Singapore produces more stuff like this.
As gross as it might sound, I used to spend like an hour in the toilet reading Mr Kiasu when they were still actively printing these books!
It's hilarious, and definitely a good way to pass time. In fact, it's almost an exact replica of our Singaporean society - sometimes, we overlook outrageous things because we're singaporeans and everybody seems to be doing it. But Mr Kiasu pinpoints them out, and makes a hilarious representation of them in his comics.
If only they continued on with their publications!
Reading their comic books since young, I cannot help but to laugh out load. Although some parts were exaggerating, they were still relatable and hilarious. This is a series only Singaporeans understand and get it. Definitely one of the more underrated 'Uniquely Singapore'.
I think the series is focused more on the issues working adults face, since Mr Kiasu is working and has a very annoying boss. It would be better if Mr Kiasu covers the issues students like me face. I really want to have a great laugh at it, and also find pointers to face these issues.
This is worthy of a Singaporean's time, even to those who do not like to read!
Mr Kiasu brings back memories of a fonder time - one where money, grades, and networks are rendered mute. All you needed to do is to flip a page of this book, and *BAM*... you are entertained for that moment, free of any troubles.
I remember sitting down at recess in primary school and reading this comic with some of my friends (I was a bookworm), and times were always joyful. From humorous in-world jokes to not so subtle pokes at our Singaporean society, the author presented it in a way that was classy and elegant in a way, rather than crude as so many netizens tend to put it across. I particularly enjoyed the one about chewing gum, when the law first passed, and Mr Kiasu was fretting over where to dispose of his last piece.