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AFA Special: Why We Preserve Film

Jul 31, 2015 | No Comments
AFA Special: Why We Preserve Film

2015 marks Tee Pao’s sixth year working at the Asian Film Archive (AFA), a film heritage organisation founded to preserve, in a permanent collection, culturally and historically important works by Asian independent filmmakers. As a film archivist, he works on a strategic level with the AFA team in planning the institution’s key preservation, outreach and […]

KopiTimes:The Unforgettable Goodbye

Jul 30, 2015 | No Comments
KopiTimes:The Unforgettable Goodbye

Not just once, but twice did Jeshua Solomon Judah personally encounter the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Once as a child and years later as an airline staff: “Of course I got excited and I was a bit nervous too. I even got a haircut.” Come relive the memories by our pioneers in KopiTimes, as […]

Sex and the Unique Lion City

Jul 29, 2015 | No Comments
Sex and the Unique Lion City

Who cares about the large body of food available to tantilise taste buds in Geylang? When it comes to this infamous cultural hotspot, people are more interested in a different kind of body, serving to titillate the other  senses. Mention Geylang to anyone familiar with Singapore and you will evoke a symphony of responses: a […]

KopiTimes: This is Home

Jul 27, 2015 | No Comments
KopiTimes: This is Home

She speaks with wide-eyed zeal. To have lived till 91 to witness Singapore’s milestones, Mdm Chan Siew You is not just proud: “Look at us now, we are into our 50th year as a nation. Now we have our own country, how happy we are.” Watch her story and stay tuned for the KopiTimes series, […]

The Imagined Nation & Berita Singapura

Jul 25, 2015 | No Comments
The Imagined Nation & Berita Singapura

How do members of a new country get used to the idea of being independent citizens? “Berita Singapura”, the very first series of television newsreels in Singapore, took the lead from 1963 to 1965 in our march towards independence. When was our nation formed? Growing up, the answer was always simple for me: 9th August 1965, […]

My Grandmother as Tontine Banker

Jul 23, 2015 | No Comments
My Grandmother as Tontine Banker

When her father’s family faced a difficult financial situation, Japhia Yeo’s grandmother worked as tontine banker even though it was illegal. She learns about the intricacies of the tontine network and community bonds. Tontine (or Huăy-tāu in Chinese dialect) was illegal, and remains so today. However, it has saved my family. As a tontine banker, […]