"Little India" in Chinatown

14 Apr
3.30 PM - 4.30 PM
Kreta Ayer
Free Admission with Registration

Many facets of contemporary Singapore’s cultural icons can be ironic. This includes the districts which we know today as Little India and Chinatown. Neither of the urban spaces they refer to today were the exclusive ethnic enclaves for the Chinese and Indian communities in Singapore’s pre-independence history. Prior to the official designation of the Outram area as Singapore’s Chinese enclave of “Chinatown”, the urban spaces around this neighbourhood hosted a variety of ethnic groups who lived, worked, prayed and entertained themselves within its boundaries. Join us in this talk to find out more about the significant cultural spaces today’s “Chinatown” had for many Indian communities in its earlier years.

About the speaker: Subbiah Lakshmanan, 53, is an amateur historian and museum docent trainer associated with the local museums since 2000. He specialises in Singapore Indian, including Chettiars, and British Colonial history, and is currently working on documenting the history of more than 20 micro-Indias spread all over Singapore including the first Little India of Singapore located next to Raffles Place and the Greater Tanjong Pagar area.

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Time: 3.30 PM - 4.30 PM


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