For more than a millennium, millions of Chinese have come to the region they called the Southern Ocean -- modern Southeast Asia. They came to find refuge and to escape poverty, persecution and starvation. They came too as explorers and diplomats. Many were drawn to a little red dot close to the equator -- the island of Singapore. Here in just two centuries they forged a new identity and helped build a new nation.
Between Two Worlds
The children of two empires, Europe and Asia, the Eurasians were among the first to have laid their footprints in Singapore. But as Singapore’s Eurasian community diminishes, tales of its storied culture buried beneath the sands of time are begging to be told. Through their journey of heartbreaks and triumphs, we relive the glory days of the past and unravel their tales of resilience.
From A Distant Shore
They arrived here as immigrants, at different times and different eras, some seeking fortunes while others against their will. As sojourners then settlers, Indians helped build the foundations of modern day Singapore. Their legacy remains imprinted not just along the streets that line our country, but also within the spirit of the community. This is the untold tale of Singapore’s Indians.
Legacy of a Royal Malay Port
Uncover an illuminating picture of modern Singapore’s original Malay enclave -- Kampong Glam. Its journey from royal Malay port to cosmopolitan cultural capital spanned two centuries and is entwined with the rise of a young nation.
Though a rising colonial power ripped open its royal core, Kampong Glam town thrived thanks to the dynamic and inclusive spirit of its diverse trading communities. A centre for global Islam and the Malay world, it grew into an intellectual hub that would nurture Malay leaders whose visionary ideas transformed Singapore and the region.