50 Years of Nation Building

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Singapore celebrated 50 years of nation building last year.  Through this exhibition by World Scientific, you will learn how Singapore has developed in all areas from food to education and healthcare.

Several NUS researchers and academics were involved in this commemorative series of publications, such as Prof Fwa Tien Fang, who edited “50 Years of Transportation in Singapore”; Prof Hang Chang Chieh, co-editor of “The Singapore Research Story”; Prof B V R Chowdari, co-editor of “50 Years of Material Science in Singapore”; and Profs Lily Kong and Vineeta Sinha, editors of “Food, Foodways and Foodscapes: Culture, Community and Consumption in Post-Colonial Singapore”. Some of these books are available at the exhibit, and can be borrowed.

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Also, you can redeem a free e-book from World Scientific! Just scan the QR code from the poster near the shelf to find out how, or go to http://www.worldscientific.com/page/exhibitionvisit.

The exhibition displays some interesting tidbits of information and memories. There are panels on some of Singapore’s prominent historical figures, such as the previous President Mr S R Nathan and the composer of our national anthem Mr Zubir Said. Read about reminiscences of real hawker food and “mama shops”, or how love of good food can play a part in international diplomacy. Learn about how Yeo Bock Cheng, a Singaporean Peranakan who worked for more than thirty years in the United Nations, was once held at gunpoint and nearly killed.

No matter how well you think you know Singapore, there is bound to be something new you can learn from this exhibition, or from the books highlighted. Do drop by the Arts Buzz at the Central Library, where the exhibition is available for viewing until the end of December.

Tell us what you think of the exhibition in the comments!

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