In November 2017, IPS released a working paper on ethnic identity and the state of inter-ethnic interactions in Singapore. This was based on a survey of 2,020 respondents, with funding from broadcaster Channel NewsAsia (CNA). The report can be found here
and was covered by the local press.
The report covered many areas, including what Singaporeans felt were core identity markers of the main ethnic groups in the country. The survey also examined the extent to which Singaporeans embrace and practise their own ethnic culture, what they believe should be transmitted to their children, and the extent of their understanding of and engagement with other ethnic cultures.
In the same month, OnePeople.sg
published an edited volume, titled The Singapore Ethnic Mosaic: Many Cultures, One People.
Following the release of both publications, we have distilled key discussion points for further deliberation at this one-day forum. The event will bring together scholars, policy makers, grassroots and cultural organisations’ representatives, and other key stakeholders.
This forum will be open for full media coverage.
Broadly, the issues we hope to discuss include how we keep the primacy of the Singapore identities in our different ethnic identities, the need and rationale for cultural preservation, and how cultures can be made to be inclusive in the face of possible exclusive practices.
Please view the programme here