This chapter analyses historical discourses on cultural relations in Singapore and traces the implications of the way in which this historical legacy shapes contemporary multiculturalism in 21st century Singapore. It examines the discourses on cultural relations by Lee Kuan Yew from Singapore’s pre-independence days as a British colony up to the Speak Mandarin Campaigns when China reopened its doors to the world, and the legacies evident in Singapore today. It identifies changing perceptions of multiculturalism in three epochs: 1) Singapore as a part of the Federation of Malaya (1959–1964); 2) early-independence as a struggling nation (1965–1969); and 3) as one of the ‘four little dragons’ in East Asia (1970–1979). Finally, the chapter concludes by considering how this historical legacy has shaped contemporary multiculturalism in 21st century Singapore, the challenges generated by Singapore’s current and future cultural identity, and the model of multiculturalism. Copyright © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Christine Halse and Kerry J. Kennedy; individual chapters, the contributors.
|Title of host publication||Multiculturalism in turbulent times|
|Editors||Christine HALSE, Kerry J. KENNEDY|
|Place of Publication||Oxon; New York|
|ISBN (Print)||9780367546724, 9780367546731|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Jun 2021|