In new textbook, story of Singapore begins 500 years earlier

Wednesday, 11th June 2014

New York Times

The article reports on Singapore’s decision to rewrite its history by backdating 500 years, focusing more on Singapore’s origin and her connections to the world rather than how she was stumbled upon by Sir Stamford Raffles, a British colonial administrator. The revision of history was guided by John N. Miksic, an American Archaeology Professor at National University of Singapore, who advised the government on the new text, “Singapore: The Making of a Nation-State, 1330-1975”. This aims to bring about different changes, particularly, altering the mindsets’ of Singaporeans on migration and to bring about a smoother transition and cooperation amongst the people living in Singapore.

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