Category Archives: Singapore

RAFFLES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA – REVISITING THE SCHOLAR AND STATESMAN

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Today, Asian Civilisations Museum’s first special exhibition of the year – RAFFLES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: REVISITING THE SCHOLAR AND STATESMAN opens. In typical risk-taking fashion, the exhibition tackles Southeast Asian colonial history head-on, and reveals how this history is complex … Continue reading

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Resolution for 2019: Instigate Subversive Beauty All Around Me

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2018 has been an extremely challenging year. Despite all, I have somehow managed, this year, to always carry myself with a sense of purpose, duty and positivity, smiling and laughing through the many lunches, dinners, drinks, meetings, tours, speeches I’ve … Continue reading

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RE-PRESENTING SOUTHEAST ASIA – Asian Civilisations Museum’s Year of Southeast Asia 2018/19

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It so happens I wrote another manifesto for the museum earlier this year, this time to explain our “YEAR OF SOUTHEAST ASIA 2018/19” – the why and how of our focus on Southeast Asia, and the approach we took in … Continue reading

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Beauty… Wonder… Relevance… Welcome to Asian Civilisations Museum

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Last Thursday, we launched three new permanent galleries at the museum, (almost) completing our transformation from one kind of museum into another… I took the opportunity of the launch to also reveal, my own personal vision for the museum as … Continue reading

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SINGAPORE 1819 – A LIVING LEGACY

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On October 18th, my new book, SINGAPORE 1819 – A LIVING LEGACY launches.  This is my third book, and it comes some three years after the first two. I’m immensely pleased that it’s finally done, given that it is pretty … Continue reading

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One Year at the Job – Maritime Silk Route and ‘Ilm علم

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A year into the job, I’m convinced, more than ever, that a museum needs to be relevant. Not just to its local community, but also to the world. What I mean is that a museum also needs to respond to … Continue reading

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Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500 – 1900

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The opening of Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500 – 1900 at the Asian Civilisations Museum was tremendously successful, with more than 300 guests attending and having a whale of a time. Thank you very much everyone who was … Continue reading

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