In the aftermath of outrage as COVID-19 tore through migrant worker dormitories, is Singapore entering another bout of social amnesia?
Michael D. Barr critiques the foundational timeline of the state-sponsored history known as the ‘Singapore Story.’
GE2020 results suggests a greater focus on the details of policy making rather than the broad strokes of policy proposals, making freedom of information increasingly relevant.
...A substantial share of the population wants debate...and a shift from the conceit of “apolitical” technocratic management.
Singapore’s 2020 election is different—to paraphrase the words of PM Lee Hsien Loong’s label—it is ‘not normal’.
Technological solutions like TraceTogether will only effectively if people believe it’s there to help them.
The 'zing' of a hip-hop based musical might be just the thing to interest young audiences in Singapore's own founding fathers, argues Peter Coclanis.
PAP realism means accepting the conservative position of moderating one’s political aspirations and campaigns to align with values shaped by Singapore's ruling party.
Ann Ang discusses the historical context, origins and identity of the Straits Chinese.
Though Austronesians operated in networks of oceanic trading that stretched from Asia to the Mediterranean for thousands of years, both the term and cultural grouping are little known.
Nien Yuan Cheng continues her commentary on how Singapore artists are responding to the Bicentennial.
Part 2 of this 3-part series on the SG Bicentennial explores MY Bridge of Light, a community play sponsored by the official bicentennial fund.
Bodies of/in water and the reversal of colonialism? Arus Balik at the NTU Centre of Contemporary Art
PoP's Cheng Nien Yuan continues her commentary on Singapore's Bicentennial.
If the government gets to decide what’s "false", abuse of anti-disinformation laws is all but guaranteed.
On the unstable historical foundations of Singapore's (supposed) two-hundredth birthday.
Chinese elites have looked to Singapore as a model throughout much of the reform era, but have failed to understand what made the city-state tick.
Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.
A falsified version of Singaporean history has found resonance among the conservative fringe in Latin America.
Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.
The New Books in Southeast Asian Studies podcast explores the idea that elections can be instrumentalised by dictators to reinforce their rule.
Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.
Why is the PAP sidelining the most worthy candidate to succeed Lee Hsien Loong?
A review of the refurbished Singapore History Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore.