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.
The novelist's work remains a useful window on the politics of freedom of (and from) speech in Singapore.
Lee Kuan Yew isn't to blame if Singapore's political class can't let go of him.
The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.
Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?
A personal account of the author's visit to this exhibition, foregrounding both her construction of state narratives and the curatorial staging of narratives in the gallery.
An embodied response to Sonny Liew's graphic novel and what it reveals about history-telling.
A personal account of an American musician and videographer grappling with the historical biography of Singapore's Lim Bo Seng.