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Robert Yeo This is a personal essay to remember and chart my experience as a writer in the context of Singapore’s development, during the decade 1970-79, from cultural desert to global city. I will try to make connexions and generalizations which will, I hope, not seem too sweeping. “Only connect,” wrote E.M. Forster, and that […]

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National Songs Revisited

From Propaganda to Pop to Anti-cool Kitsch Tan Shzr Ee There was a time, when people said that one Singapore song was too many – but maybe they were wrong. Lame attempt aside at parroting that famous opening line of our 1987 hit, We Are Singapore, what can be gleaned from rusty minds which have […]

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Hide-and-Seek History

Teng Qian Xi An edited version of this article first appeared in Today, 9 March 2006. What picture does the phrase “political detainee” conjure up for you? What picture does the phrase “political detainee” conjure up for you?

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Reminiscences on a HDB Point Block

Ho Weng Hin

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学语以外 : Beyond Language Learning

李慧玲 : Lee Huay Leng English version Translated by Francis Lim Khek Gee, with additional translation by Tan Siok Siok 我们回到上海时,赶紧把在汕头买的潮语配音《白雪公主》卡通片拿出来播放,听着皇后用潮州话问那镜子:“魔镜,魔镜,世界上那个芝娘最美丽?”全家人都被逗乐了。

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CN Chen It is usual not to expect too much of a glossy and beautifully bound book destined to decorate the top of a coffee table but the National University of Singapore centennial celebration publication Imagination, Openness and Courage was an exception. Its lead article was a masterly dissertation by Professor Wang Gungwu on the […]

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Hankering for National Heroes

Hong Lysa Heroic celebrations, 2008 ‘This year, we celebrate the heroes of Singapore’, declared the Singapore HeritageFest which had its anchor exhibition at Suntec City entitled, ‘Who’s Your Hero?’ (12-27 Jul 2008). The activities were not only confined to the popular shopping mall, but also fanned out to sites such as the popular disco, Zouk […]

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Mark Ravinder Frost Ordinarily research scholars seem to ignore the fact that the past is of interest to us only in so far as it was living and that unless they discover it for us in such a way as to make us feel its life, we may admire them for their patience and industry […]

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Wang Gungwu Text of the public lecture given on 8 July 2007 in conjunction with the official opening of the National University of Singapore Bukit Timah Campus. A new University of Malaya was founded in 1949 in the shadow of the Malayan emergency and the communist victory in China. For the next decade, there was […]

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Hong Lysa Ever since its inception, The Singapore Story has attempted to saturate the content and meanings of Singapore history for Singaporeans. It is the narrative by PAP leaders of their sacrifices, hardships, courage, endurance, and achievements, and of how their successors have continued with their good work.

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