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Living With Buzzwords


Sat Aug 26 2017, 4:30pm–6:00pm

Where: City Book Room, 420 North Bridge Road, #03-10, Bras Basah, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: foopeiying

"From Third World to First", "Cosmopolitan", and "Democracy" are some of the words that have been naturally associated with the official narrative of Singapore. What then are the other lived stories hidden behind these buzzwords and how have these buzzwords affected the way we internalise our understanding of Singapore and its people?

Join Philip Holden, Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho, and Seng Guo Quan, three contributors of "Living with Myths in Singapore" as they dig into these buzzwords and suggest alternative ways of thinking about Singapore that will be more useful in the long run.

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About the speakers

Philip Holden is Professor of English at the National University of Singapore. He researches in two major areas of literary studies. His research addresses auto/biography studies and he is of the editor of “Writing Singapore”, the most comprehensive historical anthology of Singapore literature in English. He wrote the essay ‘Questioning ‘From Third World to First’’ in “Living with Myths in Singapore".

Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography and Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS). Her research addresses how citizenship is changing as a result of migration in countries like Singapore, China and Myanmar. She contributed the essay ‘Cosmopolitanism Disposition: Cultivating Affinity Ties’ to “Living with Myths in Singapore”.

Seng Guo-Quan is a Senior Tutor in the History Department, National University of Singapore. He is writing an academic monograph about processes of cultural creolisation among the Chinese settlers of colonial and post-colonial Java, and counts Chinese migration, world history, Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia), and social theory as his areas of research interest. His essay in “Living With Myths in Singapore” is ‘‘How I wished that it could have worked’: James Puthucheary’s Political-Economic Thought and the Myth of Singapore’s Developmental Model’.