获颁公共服务奖章 陈大荣让人们更认识我国历史与文化遗产 | Public Service Medal recipient Professor Tan Tai Yong deepens awareness of Singapore’s history and cultural heritageLianhe Zaobao August 14, 2020
Lianhe Zaobao carried a feature on Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong, one of this year’s Singapore National Day Awards recipients. Prof Tan, who serves as the Chairman of the National Collections Advisory Panel, received the Public Service Medal for his important contributions to promote awareness of the country’s history and cultural heritage as well as further the development of museums.Read more
Prof Tan shared that he was very grateful for the affirmation of this medal, and thanked colleagues and friends at the National Heritage Board for their friendship and support over the years. He added that the National Collection Advisory Panel plays an important role in managing cultural relics and artworks for the country and the Panel is “honoured to accept the commission which would benefit generations of Singaporeans”.
Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong and Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) Chua Beng Huat shared insights into topics like the evolution of Singapore’s hawker scene, the role of language in the nation’s development, and the labour market and life during the 1960s and 1970s.
The Straits Times reported on the launch of Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong’s book, The Idea Of Singapore: Smallness Unconstrained. The book is a collection of President Tan’s lectures on Singapore’s evolution over the past 700 years.
Business Standard reported on the lecture by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong, who spoke at the Singapore Sikh Community Lecture Series, held as part of the larger celebrations for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of the Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.
The Straits Times carried a commentary by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong on the importance of Singapore’s hinterland to its economic development as a port city. He reviewed the history of Singapore’s economic development, and warned against neglecting nation-building in an era of globalisation.
The Straits Times carried an edited excerpt of the speech that Yale-NUS College President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong gave at the IPS-Nathan Lecture Series. At the lecture, President Tan discussed Singapore’s dual identity, a tension between an inwardly-focused nation-state and an outwardly-facing global cosmopolis.
The Telegraph, a key newspaper in India, noted that Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong gave a talk titled “A tale of two cities: Singapore and Calcutta” at the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta on 26 February.Read more
The article was also published by The Times of India.
The Straits Times carried a commentary by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong, who wrote that long before Europeans arrived in Singapore, Asians were already making Singapore a hub for trade, money and ideas in the eighth century.
TODAY carried a commentary by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong in which he discussed Singapore’s history in light of the Singapore Bicentennial, and highlighted various projects of The Future of Our Pasts Festival.
The Straits Times reported on Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong’s IPS-Nathan lecture, titled ‘Singapore’s Story: A Port City In Search Of Hinterlands’, which occurred at Yale-NUS College on 30 January 2019. The lecture was President Tan’s third in a series which started in September 2018.
CNA carried an commentary written by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong about Singapore’s upcoming Bicentennial initiative, where he noted that the Bicentennial has to be sensitively framed and shaped to be an inclusive process.
The Straits Times reported on plans for a memorial to honour the pioneer leaders of Singapore with a committee calling for ideas on how it would look like. Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong has been added to the Founders’ Memorial Committee (FMC).Read more
At a media conference, Prof Tan said that he hopes the project will capture Singapore’s journey to independence and the decades after. And that the intention of the committee is not to black out or whitewash some parts of history and that they want to capture as much as possible the complexities of the stories. Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Mediacorp, Berita Harian, TODAY and Yahoo News carried similar reports.
Lianhe Zaobao reported on the speech by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)-Nathan lecture series held on 5 September. President Tan gave the speech as the 6th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore.Read more
In his speech, President Tan said that good historians should be able to defend their interpretations of history when questioned by others and also be open to feedback when their perspectives are been challenged.
In talking about the origins of Singapore’s official historical narratives formulated by the ruling government party, President Tan noted that interpretations of Singapore’s history have been fraught with questions over openness and access to official records. Over time, there have also been several opinion articles published in the Chinese and English broadsheets that asked how one should be engaging Singapore’s history. President Tan noted that there have been calls for more comprehensive and nuanced accounts of the anti-colonial and left wing movement of the 1950s. He said that analyses should be done in the contexts of the period and its environment, which saw the interplay of many factors that included communism, anti-colonalism, merger with Malaysia, power struggle, ideological contestations and differing visions for the future of Singapore. He added that solid research would be needed to carefully historicise the events and he expressed his hope that this can be aided by access to the official archives.
During the Q&A session, President Tan was asked how the public can understand history in a manner that favours academic research without triggering polarised reactions. In response, President Tan cited the example of his book Creating Greater Malaysia: Decolonization and the Politics of Merger that was published in 2008 and said that he did not experienced many restrictions when he was writing the book. He said that he has been able to write anything he wishes, as long as he is able to support his work with good research.
President of Yale-NUS and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong is the Institute of Policy Studies’ 6th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. In this interview with the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), President Tan talked about his IPS lecture series, his thoughts on Singaporeans’ relationship with history and our colonial past, Mahatma Gandhi and “soul-force”, and more.
The Straits Times reported that Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong spoke at the press briefing for the Singapore Bicentennial 2019 about how the event will allow people to understand Singapore’s birth as a nation in 1965, including what shaped it and what challenges earlier generations had to overcome.
YaleNews reported on Yale-NUS President Tan Tai Yong’s 10-day visit to Yale University in December 2017. He met with numerous Yale faculty and senior administrators, including Yale President Peter Salovey, Provost Benjamin Polak and Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences Tamar Gendler, to strengthen the relationships between Yale-NUS College and Yale.
The Straits Times reported that historian Tan Tai Yong has been named the new president of Yale-NUS College. Professor Tan, 56, who is currently the College’s Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs), will assume office on July 1.Read more
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