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Ms Tam Ong Y-Lynn
Dreaming Singapore: Representing Space and Place in Singaporean Fiction (1970-1980)
More than just words on a page, literature can supplement historical records by preserving impressions of spaces and places — even after they have been demolished. In the light of Singapore's national obsession with urban renewal, Singaporean literature is particularly concerned with conservation. This talk revisits Singaporean fiction written in the decades after independence, and examines how representations of Singapore's rapidly changing landscapes map onto anxieties about modernity.
Mr Yosuke Watanabe
A Prelude to an Invasion?: The Japanese Army’s Secret Operation in Singapore and the Riau Islands in the Early 20th Century
It has been generally been argued that Japan began planning its expansionist policy toward Southeast Asia, at the earliest, in the 1930s. However, some primary sources from the National Library’s Lim Shao Bin Collection suggest that a secret stepping-stone plan to invade Southeast Asia had already been made in the staff headquarters of the Japanese Army in the 1910s — 30 years before the actual invasion. This talk uncovers the Japanese Army’s secret operation of land acquisition conducted in Singapore and the Riau Islands.
About the Speakers:
Ms Tam Ong Y-Lynn graduated with a Master of Arts in Postcolonial and Global Literatures from Queen Mary University of London. Her research interests include language politics, gender studies and postcolonial literature.
Mr Yosuke Watanabe is currently a Visiting Fellow of Osaka University of Economics and Law. In 2013, he received his doctorate in Japanese Studies from the National University of Singapore. His research interests include issues on war and peace, the history of imperialism, collective memories of war, history education, and post-war reconciliation in East and Southeast Asia.