Sharon Siddique: Continuing the Postcolonial Debate

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Samuel Chong’s thoughtful commentary on postcolonialism begins with a great title: “Never Can Say Goodbye: Colonialism’s Enduring Grip”. How true. I agree with much of what he says, and will focus a few thoughts on what I don’t agree with, … Read More

Never Can Say Goodbye: Colonialism’s Enduring Grip

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When we see the term “post-colonial”, we take it to mean where colonialism is of the past and no longer affects anything. However, the world as we know it took shape because of what European colonialism created. It continues to … Read More

Bilahari Kausikan: Why Small Countries Should Not Behave Like A Small Country

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The following is an edited transcript of a talk by Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore. It was delivered on 11 October 2017 at our monthly Singapore Platform for East-West Dialogue. THE RELEVANCE OF SINGAPORE … Read More

Sharon Siddique: East-West and the Post-Colonial

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The following is an edited transcript of a talk by Dr Sharon Siddique, Adjunct Professorial Fellow at Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). It was delivered on 15 November 2017 at our … Read More

Jan W. Vasbinder: The Dimension of Time

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Time seems to have an intangible dimension. We cannot measure it directly, like the length of an object. Instead, we need an artificial device, a clock, to measure it. But what are we actually measuring, and why is this measurement … Read More

[Preview] S’pore Platform for East-West Dialogue with Sharon Siddique

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  On 15 November 2017, Dr Sharon Siddique spoke at our monthly Singapore Platform for East-West Dialogue. She explained how colonialism still colours Singapore’s views, and why it is important for Singapore to get to know her neighbours better. The … Read More

[Preview] Singapore Platform for East-West Dialogue with Bilahari Kausikan

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On 11 October, Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spoke at our monthly Singapore Platform for East-West Dialogue. He focused on why a small country should not behave like a small country. The following  is a selection of … Read More

[Preview] Singapore Platform for East-West Dialogue with Wang Gungwu

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  On 19 September, Professor Wang Gungwu spoke at our monthly Singapore Platform for East-West Dialogue. He focused on the different conception of law by the East versus the West. The following is a selection of tweets highlighting the main … Read More

Q&A and Reflections on Michael Puett’s Talk

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The Singapore Platform for East-West Dialogue is a series of monthly informal meetings, where a speaker from academia, government, or industry discusses issues related to such a dialogue from their own field. In this second article about the session with  … Read More

Michael Puett – An Alternative to the Self, Economy, and Society

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The Singapore Platform for East-West Dialogue is a series of monthly informal meetings, where a speaker from academia, government, or industry discusses issues related to such a dialogue from their own field. In this first of a two-part series, ISAAC … Read More