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​In Singapore, a search for a Chinese identity with a little less China

Published on: 15-May-2020

South China Morning Post 

The evolution of Chinese Singaporean culture and how it was shaped by multiculturalism is the subject of a new permanent interactive exhibition launched earlier this year by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Analysts say the exhibition is part of an ongoing effort, shaped by Singapore’s policymakers, to emphasise the distinctive identity of its ethnic Chinese community even as it rides on its shared cultural heritage to further ties with China. Dylan Loh, an assistant professor of public policy and global affairs at NTU, said Singapore’s push for a unique Chinese identity was in response to China’s “ability to mobilise its cultural heritage and overseas Chinese under the broad term of ‘Chinese identity’ to achieve certain foreign policy objectives.”

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