Singapore On A4 #3 — Our inaccessible memory

28Jul08

This is the year 3000 and to commemorate its coming of the third millennium, the Singapore Histories Museum has organised an exhibition of artifacts that traced the development of Singapore since its beginnings as Temasek. On display for the very first time is a piece of digital memory traced back to the year 2008 that potentially contains information that could give us a better idea of Singapore’s early history, but…

Inspired by the “AsPI Heritage Down Memory Lane” tour of the Thieves Market along Sungei Road, this third issue of Singapore On A4 imagines a future where we acknowledge Singapore history beyond the dominant narrative of nation-building (hence Singapore Histories Museum), unshackle the colonial myth of Raffles and re-connect to the Malay world (thus our beginnings as Temasek) and finally suffer tragically from our relentless pursuit of development.

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