SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture is the latest exhibition opening to Singaporeans this 1 March 2020. It casts a refreshing spotlight on how Chinese heritage, cultural interactions, and public policies have shaped Chinese culture in Singapore. Moreover, it sheds some light on how the culture here evolved in ways that differ from other Chinese communities around the world.
This new exhibition features personal artefact loans from iconic personalities like Stefanie Sun and Anthony Chen, interactive multimedia, and engaging exhibits with contributions from the community. It aims to be a way for young Singaporeans to uncover the unique Chinese Singaporean culture by observing aspects of their daily lives through a more modern lens. Through this, they hope to intrigue the new generation such that they’re curious to find out more about cultural identity.
Visitors will be brought through an exciting and immersive journey through five specially curated zones. They will be able to examine the origins of different traits and practices that are continually practised in Singapore. Moreover, they will have an opportunity to find out interesting fun facts behind festivals such as Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and Hungry Ghost Festival.
Not only that, visitors get to simulate experiences like sitting at the hawker centre as well as partaking in a multimedia feast for the senses where well-loved local dishes such as the fragrant Hainanese chicken rice and mouth-watering chilli crab come to life. If you want, you can try to determine whether you’re a true Kopitiam connoisseur and attempt to complete as many drink orders as possible in our mish-mash of dialect.
The exhibition is permanent and admission is free, so head down whenever you’re free to open your mind to some cultural enlightenment.
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