research & publications

Books and Edited Volumes

Historical Fragments in Southeast Asia: At the Interfaces of Oral History, Memory and Heritage. Lead editor (with Al Thomson, Ernest Koh and Michael Montesano) and manuscript under preparation.

 The British Military Withdrawal from Singapore. Manuscript under preparation.

The 1961 Kampong Bukit Ho Swee Fire and the Making of Modern Singapore. Under review for publication.

The University Socialist Club and the Struggle for the Malayan Nation. Jointly authored with Edgar Liao, Lim Cheng Tju and Seng Guo Quan. Under review for publication.

Making and Unmaking the Asylum: Leprosy and Modernity in Singapore and Malaysia. Petaling Jaya: SIRD,  2009.

The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History. Co-edited with Liew Kai Khiun. Singapore: Ethos Books and Singapore Heritage Society, 2010.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

‘”Squatters”, Colonial Subjects and Model Citizens: Informal Housing in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong after World War Two’. Accepted for National Library Board journal.

‘“No more road to walk”: Cultures of Heritage and Leprosariums in Singapore and Malaysia’. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 17 (3), 2011: 230-44.

‘From Living under Attap to Residing in the Sky: Imagination and Empathy in Source-Based History Education in Singapore’. Co-authored with Lee Si Wei. The History Teacher, 43 (4), August 2010: 513-34.

‘Dangerous Migrants and the Informal Mobile City of Postwar Singapore’. Mobilities special issue on Mobile City Singapore, 5 (2), 2010: 197-218.

‘Kampong, Fire, Nation: Towards a Social History of Postwar Singapore’. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 40 (3), October 2009.

‘History, Memory and Identity in Modern Singapore: Testimonies from the Urban Margins’. Oral History Review, 36 (1), 2009: 1-24.

‘Change and Conflict at the Margins: Emergency Kampong Clearance and the Making of Modern Singapore’. Asian Studies Review, 33 (2), June 2009: 139-59.

‘Approaching Life and Death: History and Memory in Interviews with Individuals Formerly Suffering from Leprosy in Singapore’. s/pores. 1 (2), January 2008.
http://spores.wordpress.com/2008/01/12/approaching-life-and-death-history-and-memory-in-interviews-with-individuals-formerly-suffering-from-leprosy-in-singapore

‘“Our lives are bad but our luck is good”: A Social History of Leprosy in Singapore’. Social History of Medicine, 21 (2), 2008: 291-309.

‘Black Areas: The Urban Kampongs and Power Relations in Postwar Singapore Historiography’. SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. 22 (1), April 2007: 1-29.

‘Beyond Rubber Prices: Negotiating the Great Depression in Singapore’. South East Asia Research. 14 (1), 2006: 5-31.
http://dr.ntu.edu.sg/handle/10220/4499

‘Records and Voices of Social History: The Case of the Great Depression in Singapore’. Tonan Ajia Kenkyu (Southeast Asian Studies). 44 (1), 2006: 31-54.

‘New Winds in Economic History? A Look at Writings on the Great Depression in Southeast Asia’. Review Article. Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. 17 (2), 2006: 66-92.

‘Within the Singapore Story: The Use and Narrative of History in Singapore’. Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. 12 (2), 1998: 1-21.

Book Chapters

‘The Peri-urban Tenant’. In Khairudin Aljunied (ed.), Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity: Singapore. Forthcoming from Yale University Press in 2011.

‘The British Military Withdrawal from Singapore and the Anatomy of a Catalyst’. In Derek Heng and Syed Khairudin Aljunied eds. Singapore in Global History. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2011: 185-204.

‘Encounters at the Gates’. Book chapter in Loh Kah Seng and Liew Kai Khiun (eds), The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History. Singapore: Ethos Books and Singapore Heritage Society, 2010: 3-27.

‘Seeking the Bukit Ho Swee Fire’. Book chapter in Loh Kah Seng and Liew Kai Khiun (eds), The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History. Singapore: Ethos Books and Singapore Heritage Society, 2010: 79-91.

‘The Politics of Fires in Post-1950s Singapore and the Making of a High Modernist Nation-State’. Book chapter in Derek Heng & Syed Khairudin eds. Reframing Singapore: Memory, Identity and Trans-Regionalism (Selected Papers from the 5th International Conference of Asian Scholars). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009: 89-108.

Editor, Tangent special issue, The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History. 6 (2), 2007.

‘Introduction: At the Gates of History’. In Tangent special issue, The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History. 6 (2), 2007: 6-11 (Mandarin), 12-17 (English).

‘Presently Seeking the Bukit Ho Swee Fire’. Tangent special issue, The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History. 6 (2), 2007: 143-54 (Mandarin), 155-66 (English).

‘The Left-Wing Trade Unions in Singapore, 1945-1970’. Book chapter co-authored with Michael Fernandez in Michael Barr & Carl Trocki eds. Paths Not Taken: Political Pluralism in Postwar Singapore. Singapore: NUS Press, 2008: 206-27.

‘Voices of Survivors: Oral History and the Great Depression in Singapore’. In Reflections and Interpretations: Oral History Centre 25th Anniversary Publication. Singapore: National Archives of Singapore, 2005: 212-26.

‘Rethinking Singapore’s History from Below: Traditional Culture in an Immigrant Society’. In Derek Heng ed. New Perspectives and Sources on the History of Singapore. Singapore: National Library of Singapore, 2006: 29-40.

Conference Papers

‘“You have picked a wrong candidate”: Ambivalent Narratives of the British Military Withdrawal from Singapore’. Conference on Historical Fragments in Southeast Asia: At the Interfaces of Oral History, Memory and Heritage, jointly organised by ISEAS and Singapore Heritage Society, 23-24 June 2010.

‘The Making of History: Gatekeepers, Researchers and Singapore Stories’. Forum on Cultural Production in Asia, Nanyang Technological University, 19 February 2010.

‘Between Modernity and Autonomy: The Development of Queenstown in Singapore in the 1950s and 1960s’. Presented at the Bauhaus Kolleg X symposium ‘Cities of Tomorrow’, 25-26 June 2009.

‘Of Landscapes, Memories and Modernity: Bukit Ho Swee in Singapore’. Paper prepared for the forum Constructed Landscapes: Post-Colonial and Contemporary Singapore, organised by NUS Museum, 7 March 2009.

‘Heritage for Whom? Leprosy, Memory and Modernity in Singapore’. Paper prepared for the International Conference on Heritage in Asia: Converging Forces and Conflicting Values, 8-10 January 2009, ARI, NUS.

‘From Living under Attap to Residing in the Sky: Imagination and Empathy in Source-Based Studies in Secondary-Level History’. Paper co-authored with Lee Si Wei for the New Dimensions in Humanities Education, 2008 Conference, 18-19 November 2008, Humanities & Social Studies Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education.

Opening remarks and review of Stephanie Ho. ‘Personal Memoirs as Singapore History’ at The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History symposium, ARI, NUS, and Singapore Heritage Society, 10 November 2008.

‘Dangerous Migrants: The Representation and Relocation of Urban Kampong Dwellers in Postwar Singapore’. Paper presented at the workshop, Mobile City Singapore, 1-3 March 2007, ARI, NUS.

‘Fresh Questions, New Accounts: History from Below in the Singapore Context’. Paper presented at the workshop New Insights into Singapore History: Perspectives of Young Emerging Scholars, 16 August 2005, presented by Department of History, NUS, and National Library Board.

‘When Good Times Did Not Last: Singapore during the Great Depression’. Paper presented at the FASS-ARI Centennial Conference, Asians Horizons: Cities, States and Societies, 1-3 August 2005, organised by ARI and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS.

‘The Left-Wing Trade Unions in Singapore, 1945-1970’. Paper co-authored with Michael Fernandez and presented at the symposium, Paths Not Taken: Political Pluralism in Postwar Singapore, 14-15 July 2005, organised by Centre for Social Change Research, Queensland University of Technology & ARI, NUS.

Working Papers
‘Fires and the Social Politics of Nation-Building in Singapore’. Asia Research Centre Working Paper No. 149, 2008.

‘Dangerous Migrants: The Representations and Relocation of Urban Kampong Dwellers in Postwar Singapore’. Asia Research Centre Working Paper No. 140, 2007.

‘“Black Areas”: The Urban Kampongs and Power Relations in Postwar Singapore Historiography’. Asia Research Centre Working Paper No. 137, 2006.

Unpublished Dissertations
The 1961 Kampong Bukit Ho Swee Fire and the Making of Modern Singapore. Unpublished PhD Dissertation. Asia Research Centre. Murdoch University. Submitted for examination in August 2008.

Beyond ‘Rubber Prices’ History: Life in Singapore during the Great Depression Years. Unpublished Master of Arts Thesis. Department of History. National University of Singapore. 2004.

The Use of History by Singapore’s Political Leaders since Independence. Unpublished Honours Thesis. Department of History. National University of Singapore. 1996.

Book Reviews

Review of Singapore Stories: Language, Class, and the Chinese of Singapore 1945-2000. By Ernest Koh. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 2010. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 42 (1), 2011: 185-87.

Review of Colonialism, Violence and Muslims in Southeast Asia: The Maria Hertogh Controversy and its Aftermath. By Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied. London, New York: Routledge, 2009. Sojourn, 25 (2), October 2010: 288-91.

Review of National Archives of Singapore. Memories & Reflections: The Singapore Experience: Documenting a Nation’s History Through Oral History. 2nd edition. Singapore: Oral History Centre, 2007. s/pores. 8 February 2008.
http://spores.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/a-book-review-of-memories-reflections-the-singapore-experience-documenting-a-nation%e2%80%99s-history-through-oral-history

Review of Calvin Low. 10-Stories: Queenstown Through the Years. Singapore: National Heritage Board, 2007. Citizen Historian. 1 January 2008.
http://citizenhistorian.com/2008/01/01/review-10-stories-queenstown

Review of Nicholas Tarling. Regionalism in Southeast Asia: To Foster the Political Will. London: Routledge, 2006. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. 39 (1), February 2008: 179-180.

Other Publications

‘The Myth of the “Squatter” and the Emergency Housing Discourse in Postwar Southeast Asia and Hong Kong’. Biblio Asia, 5 (3), October 2009: 12-7.
http://www.microsite.nl.sg/PDFs/BiblioAsia/BIBA_0503Oct09a.pdf

‘Being “Young” and “Without History”: Reflections of a Young Researcher into Recent Singapore History’. Asiaview. 17, November 2007: 6-7.

‘The UM Socialist Club’. Malaysiakini. 22 January 2007.
http://www.malaysiakini.com/opinionsfeatures/62405

‘Silra Home Revisited’. WHO Goodwill Ambassador’s Newsletter for the Elimination of Leprosy. 22 Oct 2006: 4-5.
http://nippon.zaidan.info/seikabutsu/2005/00574/contents/0004.htm

‘Fuzzy History in Singapore’. Malaysiakini. 11 August 2006.
http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/55233

‘The Ambivalence of Relocation: The Experiences of Individuals Affected by Leprosy in Singapore’. Translated into Japanese by Kay Yamaguchi. Seisho (青松). 63 (4) 2006: 23-30.

‘The Ambivalence of Relocation: The Experiences of Individuals Affected by Leprosy in Singapore’. The STAR, Carville. 64 (2), July-December 2005: 9-14.
http://www.fortyandeight.org/carville/July_Dec_2005_The_Star.pdf

‘Teach full breadth and depth of Singapore’s history’. Straits Times. 27 July 2005.

‘Haw Par attractions teach Chinese culture’. Straits Times. 1 March 2005.

Talks and Seminars

Talk, ‘The Squatter Behind the Heartlander’. Presented to University of Liverpool Geography students, 13 April 2011.

Talk, ‘Postwar Singapore in Context’. Presented at the National Museum of Singapore Docent Training Programme 2010-2011, 18 January 2011.

Talk, ‘The “Kampong Spirit” and History in the New Millennium’. Presented to teachers of Clementi Town Secondary School, 29 December 2010.

Chair, The Fajar Generation: A Forum on Reading Singapore History. Organised by Singapore Heritage Society, 28 August 2010.

Chair, Book launch of The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History. Organised by Ethos Books and Singapore Heritage Society, 24 July 2010.

Talk, ‘Scripting the Event’. Seminar on ‘Singapore History: Who Writes the Script?’. Seminar organised by NUS History Society, 4 June 2010.

Talk, ‘Approaching Singapore Anew’, to students of National Junior College, 22 January 2010.

Paper, ‘Young Singaporeans Reading History and the Politics of Age’. Forum on 2009: Year in Review, organised by The Online Citizen, 29 December 2009.

Paper, ‘The Weakening of Empathy: A University Case’. Roundtable on History Teaching in Singapore: The State of the Craft, 2009, organised by Singapore Heritage Society, 30 November 2009.

Discussant, ‘Vanguard in a Vacuum: Understanding Student Activism in Pacific Asia’. Workshop organised by the Lee Kong Chian-Stanford Initiative on Southeast Asia and Global Cities Research Cluster, NUS, 28-29 September 2009.

Talk, ‘Hospital, prison, death house, or home? Leprosy and Leprosariums in Singapore’ for Health in Colonial Singapore: Experiences of Ordinary People seminar organised by Singapore Heritage Society at the National Library Board, 18 July 2009.

Seminar, ‘”Squatters”, Colonial Subjects and Model Citizens: Informal Housing in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong after World War Two’, at the Department of History, National University of Singapore, 11 March 2009.

Paper, ‘Dr. M. K. Rajakumar and Building Bridges in History and Society’. Dr M. K. Rajakumar Condolence Meeting at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 14 February 2009.

Discussant, ‘Political Learning? Understanding Student Activism in Asia’. Workshop organised by the Asia Political and International Studies Association at Royale Bintang Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, 20-21 December 2008.

Talk, ‘Hospital, prison, death house, and home? Leprosy and Leprosariums in Singapore’ for Places of Suffering and Healing seminar organised by the Singapore Heritage Society at the National Library Board, 11 October 2008.

Paper, ‘Conflict and Change at the Margins: Emergency Kampong Clearance and the Making of Modern Singapore’, for the Brown Bag Seminar, Humanities and Social Sciences Education Academic Group, NIE, 3 September 2008.

Online discussion on the state of Singapore history and history writing with Raffles Institution students, 26-27 March 2008.

Paper, ‘Fires and the Social Politics of Nation-Building in Singapore’, Asia Research Centre Postgraduate Seminar, 18 March 2008.

Paper, ‘Nodes and Chains of Internal Security: The Special Branch and the University of Malaya Socialist Club’, at the University of Malaya Socialist Club Project: A Work in Progress Workshop, National Library, 3 January 2008.

Seminar, ‘“Our Lives are Bad But Our Luck is Good”: Leprosy Sufferers in Singapore’s History’, at Department of Asian Studies, University of Western Australia, 5 October 2007.

Seminar, ‘Great Wind in Black Areas: Secret Societies in Postwar Singapore’, at Marsiling Secondary School, 5 July 2007.

Talk on the use of history by the Singapore government at Raffles Institution, 7 March 2007.

Paper, ‘Struggle for the Malayan Nation: The Story of the University of Malaya Socialist Club’, at the University of Malaya Socialist Club Preview Seminar, Lincoln College, Kuala Lumpur, 24 February 2007.

Paper, ‘The University Socialist Club: A Preview of a Forgotten History’, at the University of Malaya Socialist Club Preview Seminar, Institute of Policy Studies, 15 January 2007.

Seminar, ‘Our Lives are Bad But Our Luck is Good: Leprosy Sufferers in Singapore’s History’, at the Department of History, National University of Singapore, 22 November 2006.

Events

Lead convener for seminar on Students at Centrestage: Learning History in Singapore, organised by Singapore Heritage Society, 27 November 2010.

Convener for conference on Historical Fragments in Southeast Asia: At the Interfaces of Oral History, Memory and Heritage, jointly organised by ISEAS and Singapore Heritage Society, 23-24 June 2010.

Co-convener for roundtable on History Teaching in Singapore: The State of the Craft, 2009, organised by Singapore Heritage Society, 30 November 2009.

Convener for conference on Historical Fragments in Southeast Asia: At the Interfaces of Oral History, Memory and Heritage, jointly organised by ISEAS and Singapore Heritage Society, 23-24 June 2010.

Co-convener for conference on The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History, jointly organised by Singapore Heritage Society and ARI, NUS, 10 November 2008.

Media Interviews
‘An apartment in the sky – the story of public housing in Singapore’. Rear Vision. 28 October 2007.
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/rearvision/stories/2007/2071662.htm

‘St. John’s Island’. Jalan 2. Dec 2006.

‘Bukit Ho Swee Fire’. Jalan 2. Dec 2006.

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