Edward Chew (born 1958, died 2017) was Singapore's first, widely-known gay entrepreneur.


Realising the huge, unmet international need for a high quality gay Asian publication, he produced the world's first glossy Asian soft porn periodical, OG (Oriental Guys) in Singapore. Owing to the republic's strict Undesirable Publications Act, the magazine was printed in Hong Kong and widely distributed around the world through the 1980s and 1990s.

Chew charged a premium price of around S$25 for each issue. The worldwide demand was still great despite the price tag because of the rarity of the photographs and subject matter at the time.

Chew enlisted the help of Australian Ian Withers to be the editor of the magazine.


Many Singaporean gay photographers and graphic artists worked underground to produce 26 issues of OG biannually over two decades, with the inaugural issue premiering in November 1987.

Initially featuring photographs of Asian men from other, more liberal Asian countries such as Thailand and Japan, OG got round to using Singaporean models in the later issues. This caused a stir in Singapore with the English-language tabloid of the day, The New Paper, writing sensationalist articles attacking Chew and the local models after several gay men wanted to blackmail the models.

Chew passed away suddenly on Thursday, 24 May 2017.

See alsoEdit

  • OG magazine



This article was written by Roy Tan.

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