Category Archives: Southeast ASia

CLOSURE & DISCLOSURE – Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!

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These past two weeks I’ve been hiding away in my own personal, private, solitary retreat in Bali, thinking through all that has happened in 2019 (and before). To tell the truth, I needed to go away. The work had become … Continue reading

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Edging towards RAPTURE

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I’m almost there. I can feel it. …clarity on what I want, who I am, who I will be in the years I come – what I will pursue, creatively, intellectually, socially, perhaps even romantically… I’ve been going around in … Continue reading

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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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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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How to Build A Museum (Podcast Interview)

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So I did a podcast interview with Thomas L. Fraser about Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore, the challenges of being a Museum Director and what to look out for if you’re thinking of giving to a Museum. This arose from an … Continue reading

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Eight Months In, or the Insidious-Amazing Way in which the Museum just creeps into your System and TAKES OVER

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When I first got the job, someone – a good friend of mine who just so happens to be the other Director of a National Museum (there aren’t that many – you know who you are) warned me that I … Continue reading

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ACM = ASIAN CULTURE & MUSIC: a festival of traditional performing arts by the Singapore River

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This past weekend, without much fanfare, the first programming series I initiated as Director of Asian Civilisations Museum kicked in. This is the Asian Culture & Music, or ACM Series – kudos to my Audience Team for the clever name! … 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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