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Kenneth Paul Tan chairs discussion of race, racism, and multiracialism in Singapore

Updated: Mar 27, 2022

22 March 2022 (Tuesday)

8-9pm (Hong Kong/Singapore time)

At this Hong Kong launch of the book “One United People”: Essays from the People Sector on Singapore’s Journey of Racial Harmony, the editor and three of its chapter authors discuss what national unity and multiracial harmony mean to them, highlighting Singapore’s achievements and failures, and what they would like to see in Singapore’s future.


In her past lives, Dr Matilda Gabrielpillai was a journalist and an academic in Singapore. Her research and teaching interests included post-colonial literatures and women’s writing, nationalisms and the scripting of cosmopolitan identities. She now teaches and writes part-time and maintains a Literature education website.

Yong Han POH is a PhD student at Oxford University studying Anthropology, with a focus on migration and infrastructure. She has an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University in Singapore and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the Singapore Policy Journal.

KOH Buck Song is the author and editor of more than 30 books, including Brand Singapore. As a country brand adviser, he often highlights multiculturalism as brand Singapore’s X factor. Previously, he was a journalist and columnist with The Straits Times, and a consultant in strategic communications on Singapore’s international image.


Kenneth Paul TAN is a Professor of Politics, Film, and Cultural Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. His books include Movies to Save Our World: Imagining Poverty, Inequality, and Environmental Destruction in the 21st Century (Penguin, 2022), Singapore: Identity, Brand, Power (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and Governing Global-City Singapore (Routledge, 2017).

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