Thanks to Tan Chuan-Jin who invited me to write an essay for the 2012 National Day celebrations, which he was coordinating in his previous life as an army general. This chapter evolved from that essay. You can find the original version on my AirConditionedNation blog.
- For a readable overview of Singapore’s heritage as a multicultural meeting place, get Singapore, a 700-year history: from early emporium to world city by Kwa Chong Guan, Derek Heng, Tan Tai Yong (Singapore: National Archives of Singapore, 2009).
- The essay mentions that local artists are at the forefront of contemplating our hybridity. Check out the work of theatre company The Necessary Stage, for example.