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NUS Human Trafficking Conference: Friday, 10 January, NUS UTown


While sex trafficking has garnered much of the public’s attention, labor trafficking is arguably increasing in both volume and scope, especially in the fishing and construction industries, as well as domestic services in Southeast Asia.

This interactive conference is a rare opportunity where a diverse array of both international and local academics, activists, practitioners and policymakers will come together to have a fruitful exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Please join in the discussion with our speakers, as they debunk commonly-held beliefs about labor trafficking in the various sectors, and challenge conventional wisdom and traditional policy responses in mitigating this growing problem.

Title:  NUS Human Trafficking Conference
Date:  Friday, 10 January 2014
Time:  9am – 5pm (morning panel; lunch; afternoon panel)
Venue:  Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, Level 2 Education Resource Centre, NUS UTown

EmancipAsia, a local NGO that is dedicated to addressing human trafficking issues in Singapore, has generously agreed to display a relevant photo exhibit titled, Bought and Sold, during the beginning of the semester at UTown.

The event is open to the public. *Admission is free.*

Due to limited capacity, your seat(s) will only be confirmed upon registration; hence, if possible, please kindly register by 8 January 2014, 5pm at: https://esurvey.nus.edu.sg/efm/se.ashx?s=1CC7023E224546B9


FASS Office of Programmes and EU Centre in Singapore organize Creative Writing Competition 2013

FASS’ own Vina Jie-Min Prasad receiving her prize from His Excellency Dr Michael Pulch.

The FASS Office of Programmes, in conjunction with the European Union (EU) Centre in Singapore, organised the very first Creative Writing Competition in September this year. More than 40 entries were receive d from students across NUS and assessed by a panel of adjudicators that comprised of Associate Professor Reuben Wong (NUS-FASS’s very first Jean Monnet Professor and Director of Studies, College of Alice and Peter Tan), Dr Barnard Turner (Academic Convenor, NUS-FASS European Studies), and Dr Yeo Lay Hwee (Director, EU Centre in Singapore).

The three winning entries can be accessed below:

Winner                                : Mr. Lim Yejie’s (Business) entry
First runner-up                  : Miss Vina Jie-Min Prasad’s (History) entry
Second runner-up             : Mr. Lam Pak Nian’s (Law) entry

“This Competition was conceived as part of our ongoing efforts to raise awareness among our students towards the Euoprean Union and its progress, and we are delighted to have received numerous high-quality and creative submissions”, remarked Dr Stephen Lim, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies who currently oversees the FASS Office of Programmes.

The student winners received their awards on 6 December 2013 from His Excellency Dr Michael Pulch, Ambassador and Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Singapore, who also discussed the EU’s successes and future challenges through an informal dialogue session.

Dr Stephen Lim (Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies – Office of Programmes), Assoc Prof Reuben Wong (Jean Monnet Professor; Director of Studies, CAPT), Dr Barnard Turner (Academic Convenor of NUS-FASS European Studies), Mr. Lam Pak Nian (student winner; Faculty of Law), Miss Vina Jie-Min Prasad (student winner; FASS – History), Mr. Lim Yejie (student winner; Faculty of Business), Dr Yeo Lay Hwee (Director of EU Centre in Singapore)

History Student Wins EUC-FASS Creative Essay Competition

Congratulations to Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Year 4 history student) for winning in the EUC-FASS Creative Writing Essay Competition! Her submission came in the form of a letter to the EU written by a long tailed shrike! She will be receiving her prize from EU Ambassador to Singapore Dr Michael Pulch, who will also be holding an informal dialogue session at UTown Stephen Riady Centre, 4.30pm-6pm, 6 December. To read Vina’s essay (very creative indeed!) and register for the event, please visit: http://www.eucentre.sg/?p=6076

Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia reflections by Felicia Choo

When I first saw that NUS was offering a module on human trafficking, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Human trafficking was something that I had only read about in the newspapers on seen on TV; I wanted to learn more about it so I could help to combat trafficking in the future. Specifically, I was most interested in sex trafficking, since I feel strongly about women’s causes.

Going on the fieldtrip to Cambodia and Thailand and having dialogues as a class with various anti-trafficking and sex workers’ rights organisations was an eye-opener. By the end of the module, I realised that the problem of trafficking was even bigger than I thought and it remained open to debate whether local government or foreign intervention is more effective. Yet in my mind, there was still one issue that remained unresolved:

Is prostitution inherently wrong and degrading?

Somaly Mam, famed survivor of sex trafficking, and who currently runs several anti-sex trafficking organisations, would have you think so. I certainly agreed, before I met with The Women’s Network for Unity and Empower Foundation. These two organisations champion sex workers’ rights, a contentious issue in their home countries of Cambodia and Thailand, respectively. They provide support – monetary and emotional – to female and transgendered sex workers. Some of these people had been victims of sex trafficking.

It was impossible not to be affected as I listened to sex workers talk about how the money they earned from their profession provided them, and sometimes their families, with a living. Or when one transgendered sex worker (from The Women’s Network for Unity) spoke of transgendered people commonly being ostracized by society, and how she herself had been cast out from her family and chose prostitution to survive.

While sex workers acknowledged that sex work would not have been their first choice of job, they insisted on wanting to be respected. Empower’s sex workers manage and work in their own bar, called the Can Do Bar. From a sociology student’s point of view, I thought it was great that in a profession where women are commonly seen to be the exploited, submissive victims of men, men’s power had been subverted and these women were now in charge of their work, and to a greater extent, their lives.

I still think that prostitution should be discouraged, especially forced prostitution. But I have definitely come to respect these sex workers for their will to survive and succeed on their own terms.

Lecturer Dr Kevin McGahan (centre, in white shirt) and his class on the fieldtrip. Felicia stands beside him on his right.


Most Accessible and Captivating Accolade in the Humanities

Congratulations to Dr Thomas Barker, our recent PhD graduate, whose thesis won the ‘IBP Reading Committee Most Accessible and Captivating Accolade in the Humanities’ at the recent ICAS Conference in Macau.

Dr Thomas Barker is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Modern Languages and Culture, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus.

FASS Forward: Reading Articles & Writing Essays

If you would like to learn how you can dissect academic readings or pick up tips on crafting your essay assignments, this session is just for you! 

Our very own FASS lecturers (Geography, Psychology, Sociology) together with top-performing Honours-level students will be there to share their personal experiences!


Register HERE


Upon registration, please be sure to attend the talk or find a replacement if you are unable to make it. 


If you have any queries, please contact Ms Lim Peiying at faslp@nus.edu.sg or 6516 7274.


Please come with any feedback and questions you might have.


Thank you and we look forward to meeting you soon.




FASS Graduate Students’ Teaching Award (GSTA)

We would like to congratulate the following recipients for teaching undertaken in Semester I, 2012-2013.

1. Shobha Vadrevu Department of Communications and New Media
2. Jiow Hee Jhee Department of Communications and New Media
3. Joel Gn Hong Zhan Department of Communications and New Media
4. Li Jingping Department of Economics
5. Wang Peng Department of Economics
6. Nandabalan Panneerselvam Department of English Language and Literature
7. Chang Qizhong Department of English Language and Literature
8. Chin Wei Jun Department of Geography
9. Tan Xu En Department of History
10. Wong Lee Min Department of History
11. Zou Kunyi Department of History
12. Mary Kristen Riley Department of Philosophy
13. Gan Zheng Qiang Daniel Department of Psychology
14. Yeo Geck Hong Department of Psychology
15. Galvez Victoria Francesca Department of Sociology
16. Sapitula Manuel Victor Jamias Department of Sociology
17. Lavanya Balachandran Department of Sociology
18. Choong Wen Tai Wayne Department of Sociology
19. Himanshu Jha South Asian Studies Programme


Beyond the Classroom

Our students Faizal (Geography major) and Michelle (English Literature major) shared their experience and thoughts about being FASS students in the Brightsparks magazine.

Read the full article here.

FASS Open Day 2013: Come and explore what the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has to offer!

We have an exciting programme lined up! We are putting together a  special series of talks that are socially relevant and would be of great interest to discerning students today. Some of our most talented Faculty lecturers will share valuable insights on several regional talking points and some of society’s pressing issues. There will also be informative exhibits which showcase our Departments and Programmes. Faculty members, current students and alumni will be present to answer questions about various disciplines and what career options await the FASS graduate.

So mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you on 18 May 2013!

Starting Out as a (Successful) University Teacher

An academic workshop for FASS graduate students titled “Starting Out as a (Successful) University Teacher” was organised as part of the Teaching Assistants Programme (TAP) last September 2012 . During the session, Prof Hay highlighted the attributes of a successful university teacher, and also shared with participants useful strategies they could use to make a good start in their teaching, as well as identify barriers which they might encounter as fledgling educators. Prof Hay is currently a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Geography at Flinders University, South Australia and since 2009, the Australian Teaching and Learning Council’s (ALTC) Discipline Scholar for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. He has contributed extensively to projects which enhance the scholarship of higher education teaching and learning in Australia, and has received several awards for his commitment to promoting scholarly and creative teaching in his discipline, including the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year in 2006 and the 2010 inaugural Association of American Geographers’ E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award.

Prof Shirlena Huang, Vice Dean of FASS Graduate Studies (4th from left), seen here with Prof Hay (centre) with her graduate students.