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This series highlights research on historical and related matters in Singapore and the region, creating an appreciation of the role of humanities and social science research in contemporary society.
Poverty in Singapore: Personal Perspectives on its Past, Present and Future
Recent debates about poverty in Singapore have garnered national attention. However, these discussions have been mostly framed by technocrats, social scientists or the ideologies of think tanks. This panel session explores what historical and personal perspectives can add to both political analyses and public understandings of poverty in Singapore.
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Level 16, The Pod
National Library Building
For access to The Pod, please proceed to the lift lobby opposite the information counter at Level 1.
Professor Chua Beng Huat is a professor of Urban Studies at Yale-NUS Liberal Arts College, as well as a Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He has conducted research into Singapore’s political economy for more than 30 years. His most recent book, Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore (2017), was simultaneously published by NUS Press and Cornell University Press.
Fong Hoe Fang graduated from the University of Singapore. He spent almost 10 years with the Singapore Airport Terminal Services before starting Pagesetters, an editorial, design and advertising outfit. In 1997, he founded Ethos Books with the aim of giving a voice to emerging writers and fostering a lively literacy environment.
Ng Bee Leng is the Director of Community Development & Corporate Support at AMKFSC Community Services Ltd. She is an official Asset Based Community Development Guide who believes that we need to leverage on the strengths of low income communities rather than fixating on their supposed weaknesses.
Scott Anthony is the Assistant Professor of Public History at the Nanyang Technological University.