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The Origins and Heritage of the Asian Games: Dreams of Asia


Sat Sep 1 2018, 2:00pm–3:00pm

Where: National Museum Of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road , Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

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  • Admission: Free


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This year, the 18th Asian Games will be held from 18 August to 2 September in Jakarta and Palembang. The Asian Games was founded in the aftermath of World War Two, when decolonisation and war memories strongly encouraged political and sports leaders to campaign for greater integration among the countries in Asia. The Games also became a platform for shaping national identities and loyalties.

In this talk, Stefan Huebner will discuss the Asian Games’ origins and heritage from its YMCA-founded predecessors of the 1910s–1930s to the precursor of this year's edition, the 1962 Fourth Asian Games in Jakarta.

About Dr. Stefan Huebner (Asia Research Institute, NUS)
Stefan Huebner is a historian interested in colonialism, modernization, and development policy. He is currently a research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute. His first book, Pan-Asian Sports and the Emergence of Modern Asia, 1913–1974, was published by NUS Press in 2016.

About Singapore and the World
Covering topics related to history, design, art, music, food and technology, Singapore and the World is a programme that focusses on the historical and contemporary connections that link Singapore to the world. Brought to you by the National Museum of Singapore and its key cultural partners, the different multi-disciplinary events that make up this programme are an opportunity to celebrate the commonalities and differences that make the world a vibrant and diverse place, providing new insight into Singapore’s place in global history.

Free with registration.