In commemoration of Singapore’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018, this third volume of Cultural Connections is dedicated to everything ASEAN from the arts and cultural front. It celebrates the uniqueness, beauty and richness of Southeast Asia through the essays which have been presented in two parts. The first part showcases the long and close people to people and historical links Singapore has had with her Southeast Asian neighbours over the centuries through thought articles contributed by academics, diplomats and domain experts. The second part features the inter relatedness of the histories and heritage of Southeast Asia through showcasing artefacts from the Southeast Asian collection of Singapore’s National Collection.


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20 Chapters
ASEAN Arts and Culture: The Role of Singapore
Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
12 mins read, 100KB
Kallang Estuary: A 17th Century Port City
Mr Kwa Chong Guan, Chairperson, Archaeology Advisory Panel
15 mins read, 268KB
The Art of an ASEAN Consciousness
Dr June Yap, Director of Curatorial, Collections, and Programmes, Singapore Art Museum
12 mins read, 99KB
Dancing Diversity: Creating Friendships Across Borders
Dr Stephanie Burridge, Adjunct Lecturer, Singapore Management University
9 mins read, 179KB
Intercultural Interlocutors: Tay Tong and Faith Tan
Ms Corrie Tan
20 mins read, 287KB
Stamping Cultural Diplomacy
Ms Lucille Yap, Senior Curator, National Heritage Board, Singapore
21 mins read, 926KB
Re-presenting Southeast Asia: Asian Civilisations Museum
Mr Kennie Ting, Group Director (Museums) & Director (ACM), National Heritage Board
11 mins read, 456KB
Abdullah from Java: the Ties between Family and History
Mr Louis Ho, Curator, Singapore Art Museum
5 mins read, 123KB
Lime Pot from Cambodia
Asian Civilisations Museum
1 min read, 64KB
Affandi, Burong Hitam, Matahari, Manusia (Black Bird, Sun, Man)
Ms Melinda Susanto, Assistant Curator, National Gallery Singapore
8 mins read, 237KB
Itinerant Jewellers in Indonesia
Ms Naomi Wang, Curator, Southeast Asia, National Heritage Board, Singapore
6 mins read, 270KB
Ceremonial Skirt from Laos
Asian Civilisations Museum
1 min read, 96KB
Ismail Zain, From There to Now
Ms Anisha Menon, Assistant Curator, National Gallery Singapore
6 mins read, 127KB
Iban War Jacket
Mr David Alan Henkel, Curator, Asian Civilisations Museum
5 mins read, 161KB
Lacquer Stories from Burma: Burmese Lacquerware in Nattukottai Chettiar Families
Ms Nalina Gopal, Fellow, National Library Board, Singapore
Ms Malvika Agarwal, Assistant Curator, Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore
6 mins read, 213KB
Fernando Amorsolo’s Marketplace during the Occupation
Ms Clarissa Chikiamco, Curator, National Gallery Singapore
5 mins read, 156KB
Towards a Shared History: The Hill and the Malay Archipelago
Mr Iskander Mydin, Curatorial Fellow, National Heritage Board, Singapore
Ms Sharon Lim, Senior Manager, Heritage Research and Assessment Division, National Heritage Board, Singapore
5 mins read, 128KB
Nipan Oranniwesna, Memories of Progress in Singapore
Mr John Tung, Independent Curator and Exhibition-Maker
5 mins read, 106KB
A Rare and Unusual Malay Parabaik
Ms Noorashikin binte Zulkifli, Curator, Islamic Art, National Gallery Singapore
9 mins read, 237KB
‘It Doesn’t Pedal Forward, Only Backward! Is It Broken? It Must Be Broken.’ – Reflections on a Forward-Racing World.
Ms Andrea Fam, Assistant Curator, Singapore Art Museum
6 mins read, 126KB

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