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Day 1 of the Asian Festival of Children's Content

Hi, everyone! I'm in Singapore right now for the first Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC). The AFCC is a combination of the Asian Children's Writers and Illustrators Conference, the Asian Children's Publishers Symposium, the Asian Primary and Preschool Teachers Congress, and the Asian Parents Forum. It's a four-day event celebrating children's content and this year's theme is "Asian Content for the World's Children." The festival kicked off with an inspiring and truly welcoming message from Claire Chiang, the advisory board chairman of the festival. The first keynote speaker was Kenneth Tan, chief operating officer of the Media Development Authority of Singapore. His speech was entitled "The Great Content Divide: Bridging the Gap Between East and West." Is there a divide? Is there more Western children's content in the East than Eastern children's content in the West? Mr. Tan explained how that divide is getting smal