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We have come to the end of the sixth series of IPS-Nathan lectures by Professor Tan Tai Yong. In his concluding lecture, he argues that Singaporeans need more than historical literacy — we need to have historical consciousness and historical imagination too. He cited Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye as one of the creative approaches towards understanding our past.
On historical consciousness, he says, “it is not just an intuitive feeling or a memory. Historical consciousness requires a degree of intellectual rigour, and open-mindedness — seeking to understand why decisions were made, and searching for nuance. It goes beyond simply asking “what happened”, to questioning “why it happened”.”
Watch, read or listen to all lectures in the series here.
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