In commemoration of Singapore’s Bicentennial in 2019, this fourth volume of Cultural Connections focuses on the themes which are relevant to our cultural development over the past 200 years. The articles in this issue remind us of how fast and far we have progressed from our early colonial days to a modern liveable cosmopolitan nation which is rooted in its multicultural heritage. This issue thus explores the bicentennial through an exciting collection of essays, contributed by notable personalities and culture professionals.


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10 Chapters
Nationality, Identity and Culture: A Personal Reflection
Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
6 mins read, 49KB
The Hunt for “Majulah Singapura”
Professor Bernard T. G. Tan, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore
28 mins read, 1MB
Recalling Home: Looking at Western Classical Music in Singapore 100 Years Ago
Mr Phan Ming Yen, Chief Executive Officer, Global Cultural Alliance Ltd
22 mins read, 141KB
From Sushi In Singapore To Laksa In London: Globalising Foodways And The Production Of Economy And Identity
Professor Lily Kong, President and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University
1 hr 2 mins read, 307KB
The Singapore Story through 60 objects
Mr Kennie Ting, Group Director (Museums) & Director (ACM), National Heritage Board
1 hr 36 mins read, 2MB
A Shared Identity: A Case for Arts and Culture
Mr Kenneth Kwok, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Dr Sharon Chang, Director, Research and Scholarship, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore
12 mins read, 1MB
The Imprint of 1819 – Entrepôt, Place, Community in Images
Mr Iskander Mydin, Curatorial Fellow, National Heritage Board, Singapore
Mr Daniel Tham, Senior Curatorial, Curatorial and Research, National Heritage Board
Ms Priscilla Chua, Curator, National Museum Singapore, National Heritage Board
11 mins read, 20MB
Place-making and Identity in Singapore: The Role of Integrated Planning and Our Built Heritage
Ms Elaine Tan, Director, Ministry of National Development, Singapore
Mr Tan Xin Wei Andy, Assistant Director, Ministry of National Development
16 mins read, 2MB
Icons of the Times
Ms Jean Wee, Director, Preservation of Sites & Monuments, National Heritage Board, Singapore
14 mins read, 3MB
What Singapore's Bicentennial Means to the New Immigrant
Dr Meira Chand, Writer, National Arts Council, Singapore
9 mins read, 58KB

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