culture

Theemithi: The Rituals Behind the Festival of Firewalking

Theemithi is a cycle of rituals that involves the re-enactment of events from the Mahabharatam over several months.

Beyond firewalking
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culture

Theemithi: The Rituals Behind the Festival of Firewalking

Theemithi is a cycle of rituals that involves the re-enactment of events from the Mahabharatam over several months.

Beyond firewalking
Image alt text

culture

Theemithi: The Rituals Behind the Festival of Firewalking

Theemithi is a cycle of rituals that involves the re-enactment of events from the Mahabharatam over several months.

Beyond firewalking
Image alt text

People

Loke Wan Tho: The Man Who Built Cathay

While best known as a giant in the movie business in Malaya, Loke Wan Tho was also passionate about bird photography and the arts

A renaissance man
Loke Wan Tho
Loke Wan Tho

People

Loke Wan Tho: The Man Who Built Cathay

While best known as a giant in the movie business in Malaya, Loke Wan Tho was also passionate about bird photography and the arts

A renaissance man
Loke Wan Tho

People

Loke Wan Tho: The Man Who Built Cathay

While best known as a giant in the movie business in Malaya, Loke Wan Tho was also passionate about bird photography and the arts

A renaissance man

Governance

The Early Days of Family Planning in Singapore

Singapore’s family planning programme did not start with the “Stop at Two” policy in 1972, but goes back even earlier to 1949.

Family planning initiatives
Family planning

Governance

The Early Days of Family Planning in Singapore

Singapore’s family planning programme did not start with the “Stop at Two” policy in 1972, but goes back even earlier to 1949.

Family planning initiatives
Family planning

Governance

The Early Days of Family Planning in Singapore

Singapore’s family planning programme did not start with the “Stop at Two” policy in 1972, but goes back even earlier to 1949.

Family planning initiatives
Family planning

war

Cold War Rivalries in Singapore in the 1940s and 1950s

In the post-World War II period, Singapore was a battleground for ideological competition between the Soviet Union and China, and the US and UK.

Cold War propaganda
Cold War
Cold War

war

Cold War Rivalries in Singapore in the 1940s and 1950s

In the post-World War II period, Singapore was a battleground for ideological competition between the Soviet Union and China, and the US and UK.

Cold War propaganda
Cold War

war

Cold War Rivalries in Singapore in the 1940s and 1950s

In the post-World War II period, Singapore was a battleground for ideological competition between the Soviet Union and China, and the US and UK.

Cold War propaganda

war

My Grandfather Was a Rōmusha

During World War II, forced civilian labourers known as rōmusha were used by the Imperial Japanese Army for hard labour.

The builders of Death Railway
romusha death railway

war

My Grandfather Was a Rōmusha

During World War II, forced civilian labourers known as rōmusha were used by the Imperial Japanese Army for hard labour.

The builders of Death Railway
romusha death railway

war

My Grandfather Was a Rōmusha

During World War II, forced civilian labourers known as rōmusha were used by the Imperial Japanese Army for hard labour.

The builders of Death Railway
romusha death railway

places

From Sarong Island with Love

Before there was Sentosa, there was Sarong Island.

Singapore’s first tourist isle
Sarong Island Christina Lee
Sarong Island Christina Lee

places

From Sarong Island with Love

Before there was Sentosa, there was Sarong Island.

Singapore’s first tourist isle
Sarong Island Christina Lee

places

From Sarong Island with Love

Before there was Sentosa, there was Sarong Island.

Singapore’s first tourist isle

Governance

The Making of the Monetary Authority of Singapore

While the Monetary Authority of Singapore was established in 1971, it only became a full-fledged central bank some 30 years later.

singapore's Central Bank
monetary authority singapore

Governance

The Making of the Monetary Authority of Singapore

While the Monetary Authority of Singapore was established in 1971, it only became a full-fledged central bank some 30 years later.

singapore's Central Bank
monetary authority singapore

Governance

The Making of the Monetary Authority of Singapore

While the Monetary Authority of Singapore was established in 1971, it only became a full-fledged central bank some 30 years later.

singapore's Central Bank
monetary authority singapore

places

Johor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

How did Johor end up at the Chicago World’s Fair in the 19th century?

Johor on international stage
Johor Chicago World’s Fair
Johor Chicago World’s Fair

places

Johor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

How did Johor end up at the Chicago World’s Fair in the 19th century?

Johor on international stage
Johor Chicago World’s Fair

places

Johor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

How did Johor end up at the Chicago World’s Fair in the 19th century?

Johor on international stage

Places and Buildings

Union Book Stands Tall At 70

Located in Bras Basah Complex, the Chinese bookstore has played an important role in the development of the Chinese literary scene.

A Singaporean icon
Union Book

Places and Buildings

Union Book Stands Tall At 70

Located in Bras Basah Complex, the Chinese bookstore has played an important role in the development of the Chinese literary scene.

A Singaporean icon
Union Book

Places and Buildings

Union Book Stands Tall At 70

Located in Bras Basah Complex, the Chinese bookstore has played an important role in the development of the Chinese literary scene.

A Singaporean icon
Union Book

nature

Flower Power: Singapore’s Orchid Diplomacy

When Queen Elizabeth II visited Singapore in 1972, the orchid Dendrobium Elizabeth was named in her honour.

Orchids for vips and more
Orchid Diplomacy
Orchid Diplomacy

nature

Flower Power: Singapore’s Orchid Diplomacy

When Queen Elizabeth II visited Singapore in 1972, the orchid Dendrobium Elizabeth was named in her honour.

Orchids for vips and more
Orchid Diplomacy

nature

Flower Power: Singapore’s Orchid Diplomacy

When Queen Elizabeth II visited Singapore in 1972, the orchid Dendrobium Elizabeth was named in her honour.

Orchids for vips and more

War

A Royal Wedding Gone Wrong

Celebrations during a royal wedding in Tanjung Pinang in 1819 led to a terrible misunderstanding that would change the course of history in Riau and Singapore.

The 1820 Uprising
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War

A Royal Wedding Gone Wrong

Celebrations during a royal wedding in Tanjung Pinang in 1819 led to a terrible misunderstanding that would change the course of history in Riau and Singapore.

The 1820 Uprising
bugis uprising singapore

War

A Royal Wedding Gone Wrong

Celebrations during a royal wedding in Tanjung Pinang in 1819 led to a terrible misunderstanding that would change the course of history in Riau and Singapore.

The 1820 Uprising
bugis uprising singapore

war

Red Terror

The 1970s saw communist bombings, assassination plots and covert information wars.

Communist violence and subversion
communist violence singapore
communist violence singapore

war

Red Terror

The 1970s saw communist bombings, assassination plots and covert information wars.

Communist violence and subversion
communist violence singapore

war

Red Terror

The 1970s saw communist bombings, assassination plots and covert information wars.

Communist violence and subversion

places and buildings

Key Milestones in the History of Cathay Cinema

The closing of Cathay cinema at Handy Road, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, marks the end of an era.

a historic cinema
cathay history singapore

places and buildings

Key Milestones in the History of Cathay Cinema

The closing of Cathay cinema at Handy Road, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, marks the end of an era.

a historic cinema
cathay history singapore

places and buildings

Key Milestones in the History of Cathay Cinema

The closing of Cathay cinema at Handy Road, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, marks the end of an era.

a historic cinema
cathay history singapore

Food

Chinese Vegetarian Restaurants

Chinese Buddhist women set up popular vegetarian restaurants in the 1940s and '50s that met the needs of local Buddhists and also helped promote vegetarianism.

Changing the food landscape
vegetarian food buddhist nuns
vegetarian food buddhist nuns

Food

Chinese Vegetarian Restaurants

Chinese Buddhist women set up popular vegetarian restaurants in the 1940s and '50s that met the needs of local Buddhists and also helped promote vegetarianism.

Changing the food landscape
vegetarian food buddhist nuns

Food

Chinese Vegetarian Restaurants

Chinese Buddhist women set up popular vegetarian restaurants in the 1940s and '50s that met the needs of local Buddhists and also helped promote vegetarianism.

Changing the food landscape

war

日本占领时期的新加坡华社

The National Library's collection has items from the Chinese community relating to the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.

Chinese community during WWII
japanese occupation nlb

war

日本占领时期的新加坡华社

The National Library's collection has items from the Chinese community relating to the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.

Chinese community during WWII
japanese occupation nlb

war

日本占领时期的新加坡华社

The National Library's collection has items from the Chinese community relating to the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.

Chinese community during WWII
japanese occupation nlb

local icons

A Great Way to Fly

Established in 1972, Singapore Airlines is known for its impeccable service standards and luxurious in-flight experiences.

The Singapore Airlines Story
singapore airlines history
singapore airlines history

local icons

A Great Way to Fly

Established in 1972, Singapore Airlines is known for its impeccable service standards and luxurious in-flight experiences.

The Singapore Airlines Story
singapore airlines history

local icons

A Great Way to Fly

Established in 1972, Singapore Airlines is known for its impeccable service standards and luxurious in-flight experiences.

The Singapore Airlines Story

Places

Manmade Tunnels and Caverns Underground in the City State

Singapore has been burrowing underground since the 19th century, but it was only after Independence that serious efforts were made to use subterranean space.

Subterranean Singapore
Subterranean Singapore

Places

Manmade Tunnels and Caverns Underground in the City State

Singapore has been burrowing underground since the 19th century, but it was only after Independence that serious efforts were made to use subterranean space.

Subterranean Singapore
Subterranean Singapore

Places

Manmade Tunnels and Caverns Underground in the City State

Singapore has been burrowing underground since the 19th century, but it was only after Independence that serious efforts were made to use subterranean space.

Subterranean Singapore
Subterranean Singapore

Places

A History of Sennett Estate

It was once Singapore’s largest planned housing development and saw action during Konfrontasi in the 1960s.

Sennett Estate
sennett estate
sennett estate

Places

A History of Sennett Estate

It was once Singapore’s largest planned housing development and saw action during Konfrontasi in the 1960s.

Sennett Estate
sennett estate

Places

A History of Sennett Estate

It was once Singapore’s largest planned housing development and saw action during Konfrontasi in the 1960s.

Sennett Estate

Photography

Japanese and Chinese Photo Studios in Prewar Singapore

Chinese and Japanese photography studios had to negotiate the politics of race, class and clan in the early 20th century.

Negotiating Boundaries
prewar photography studios

Photography

Japanese and Chinese Photo Studios in Prewar Singapore

Chinese and Japanese photography studios had to negotiate the politics of race, class and clan in the early 20th century.

Negotiating Boundaries
prewar photography studios

Photography

Japanese and Chinese Photo Studios in Prewar Singapore

Chinese and Japanese photography studios had to negotiate the politics of race, class and clan in the early 20th century.

Negotiating Boundaries
prewar photography studios

people

Giving a Voice to the Dead: Remembering Chao Tzee Cheng

As a forensic pathologist, Chao Tzee Cheng helped bring murderers to justice.

the Forensic Trail Blazer
chao tzee cheng pathology
chao tzee cheng pathology

people

Giving a Voice to the Dead: Remembering Chao Tzee Cheng

As a forensic pathologist, Chao Tzee Cheng helped bring murderers to justice.

the Forensic Trail Blazer
chao tzee cheng pathology

people

Giving a Voice to the Dead: Remembering Chao Tzee Cheng

As a forensic pathologist, Chao Tzee Cheng helped bring murderers to justice.

the Forensic Trail Blazer

video: Stories from BiblioAsia

Hearts and Minds

A Malayan Special Branch police inspector (played by Jo Tan) interrogates a suspected communist (played by Oon Shu An). Who will prevail in the battle of wits?

watch the showdown
communist video

video: Stories from BiblioAsia

Hearts and Minds

A Malayan Special Branch police inspector (played by Jo Tan) interrogates a suspected communist (played by Oon Shu An). Who will prevail in the battle of wits?

watch the showdown
communist video

video: Stories from BiblioAsia

Hearts and Minds

A Malayan Special Branch police inspector (played by Jo Tan) interrogates a suspected communist (played by Oon Shu An). Who will prevail in the battle of wits?

watch the showdown
communist video

places

The Story of Singapore’s Changing Wet Markets

Wet markets have existed in Singapore since 1825. Zoe Yeo looks at how these markets have changed over time.

wet markets now and then
wet markets
wet markets

places

The Story of Singapore’s Changing Wet Markets

Wet markets have existed in Singapore since 1825. Zoe Yeo looks at how these markets have changed over time.

wet markets now and then
wet markets

places

The Story of Singapore’s Changing Wet Markets

Wet markets have existed in Singapore since 1825. Zoe Yeo looks at how these markets have changed over time.

wet markets now and then

Video: stories from biblioasia

Into the Night

Cabaret dancers like Rose Chan were famous. But what were their lives really like?

Beneath the Glitz and Glamour
Cabaret dancers

Video: stories from biblioasia

Into the Night

Cabaret dancers like Rose Chan were famous. But what were their lives really like?

Beneath the Glitz and Glamour
Cabaret dancers

Video: stories from biblioasia

Into the Night

Cabaret dancers like Rose Chan were famous. But what were their lives really like?

Beneath the Glitz and Glamour
Cabaret dancers

Video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Poet and the Night Train

He writes Singapore’s first book-length poem, then vanishes from history. Discover how the mystery of the missing poet was solved.

Singapore's forgotten poet
Francis P. Ng
Francis P. Ng

Video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Poet and the Night Train

He writes Singapore’s first book-length poem, then vanishes from history. Discover how the mystery of the missing poet was solved.

Singapore's forgotten poet
Francis P. Ng

Video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Poet and the Night Train

He writes Singapore’s first book-length poem, then vanishes from history. Discover how the mystery of the missing poet was solved.

Singapore's forgotten poet

video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Extraordinary Life of Kunnuck Mistree

How did a 19th-century convict become a wealthy philanthropist?

a prison-to-riches story
 Kunnuck Mistree

video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Extraordinary Life of Kunnuck Mistree

How did a 19th-century convict become a wealthy philanthropist?

a prison-to-riches story
 Kunnuck Mistree

video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Extraordinary Life of Kunnuck Mistree

How did a 19th-century convict become a wealthy philanthropist?

a prison-to-riches story
 Kunnuck Mistree

People

Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

The Alhambra and Marlborough theatres were famous landmarks in pre-war Singapore. Barbara Quek looks at these cinemas, and the man behind the curtain.

Tan and his theatre empire
Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee
Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

People

Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

The Alhambra and Marlborough theatres were famous landmarks in pre-war Singapore. Barbara Quek looks at these cinemas, and the man behind the curtain.

Tan and his theatre empire
Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

People

Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

The Alhambra and Marlborough theatres were famous landmarks in pre-war Singapore. Barbara Quek looks at these cinemas, and the man behind the curtain.

Tan and his theatre empire

Places

Labouring to Deliver: A History of Kandang Kerbau Hospital

The old Kandang Kerbau Hospital was once known as the busiest maternity hospital in the world.

More on the KK hospital
Kandang Kerbau Hospital

Places

Labouring to Deliver: A History of Kandang Kerbau Hospital

The old Kandang Kerbau Hospital was once known as the busiest maternity hospital in the world.

More on the KK hospital
Kandang Kerbau Hospital

Places

Labouring to Deliver: A History of Kandang Kerbau Hospital

The old Kandang Kerbau Hospital was once known as the busiest maternity hospital in the world.

More on the KK hospital
Kandang Kerbau Hospital