Category Archives: History

The Writer as Historian

The Writer as Historian: Written Country as Historiography by P. J. Thum   In the introduction of Written Country (Singapore: Landmark Books, 2016), editor Gwee Li Sui sets up his central premise: the writer as historian and literature as historical

The Writer as Historian

The Writer as Historian: Written Country as Historiography by P. J. Thum   In the introduction of Written Country (Singapore: Landmark Books, 2016), editor Gwee Li Sui sets up his central premise: the writer as historian and literature as historical

Singapore in the early C20

Tipped off by Mothership, SP discovered a wonderful New Year gift from the New York Public Library. As part of the library’s move to make its digital collection accessible, it has released several dozen hi-res images of Singapore from the

Singapore in the early C20

Tipped off by Mothership, SP discovered a wonderful New Year gift from the New York Public Library. As part of the library’s move to make its digital collection accessible, it has released several dozen hi-res images of Singapore from the

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View of Kampungs in Tanjong Rhu in the 1980s. Photo: Quek Tong Swee Something old for the old year that is about to pass into the past. According to the Singapore newspaper Today, Quek Tong Swee started documenting the changing landscape

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View of Kampungs in Tanjong Rhu in the 1980s. Photo: Quek Tong Swee Something old for the old year that is about to pass into the past. According to the Singapore newspaper Today, Quek Tong Swee started documenting the changing landscape

Adnan & Comrades, Bukit Chandu

Bukit Chandu (Malay for “Opium Hill”) was named after an opium-processing factory at the foot of the hill. On it was fought one of the last and fiercest battles before the British surrendered Singapore to Japan on 15 February 1942.

Adnan & Comrades, Bukit Chandu

Bukit Chandu (Malay for “Opium Hill”) was named after an opium-processing factory at the foot of the hill. On it was fought one of the last and fiercest battles before the British surrendered Singapore to Japan on 15 February 1942.

Gedung Kuning

Around 1846, a Rumah Bendahara (House of the Chief Minister) was built for Tengku Mahmud, the younger son of Sultan Ali (Wikipedia). Tengku Mahmud named the house Gedung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) after its yellow walls.        

Gedung Kuning

Around 1846, a Rumah Bendahara (House of the Chief Minister) was built for Tengku Mahmud, the younger son of Sultan Ali (Wikipedia). Tengku Mahmud named the house Gedung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) after its yellow walls.        

Squatters Into Citizens

The history book about Singapore that I most want to read: Loh Kah Seng’s Squatters Into Citizens: The 1961 Bukit Ho Swee Fire and the Making of Modern Singapore. Bukit Ho Swee is not too far from Telok Blangah, to which

Squatters Into Citizens

The history book about Singapore that I most want to read: Loh Kah Seng’s Squatters Into Citizens: The 1961 Bukit Ho Swee Fire and the Making of Modern Singapore. Bukit Ho Swee is not too far from Telok Blangah, to which