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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 heritage

Lianhe 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.  

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A Frame In Time

CNA April 12, 2020

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.

Historian Tan Tai Yong’s lectures on Singapore launched as book

The Straits Times November 8, 2019

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.

Sikh community may have to evolve and adapt, says Singapore professor

Business Standard November 3, 2019

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.

Singapore: A port city in search of a hinterland

The Straits Times April 2, 2019

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.

‘Cosmolanders’ and Singapore’s dual personality

The Straits Times March 8, 2019

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.

Tale of two port cities over two centuries

The Telegraph February 27, 2019

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.

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Crazy Rich Asians in early Singapore’s history

The Straits Times February 26, 2019

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.

Reimagining Singapore’s history through storytelling

TODAY February 22, 2019

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.

Singapore shaped by port-city past: Historian

The Straits Times January 31, 2019

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.

Commentary: Bicentennial can be a worthwhile endeavour

CNA December 24, 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.

Founders’ Memorial to go up on 5ha Bay East Garden site

The Straits Times October 20, 2018

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).  

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Tan Tai Yong: Good historians should examine details honestly

Lianhe Zaobao September 6, 2018

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.  

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Interview with Professor Tan Tai Yong

Institute of Policy Studies August 21, 2018

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.

Singapore to mark 200th anniversary of Raffles’ arrival

The Straits Times January 1, 2018

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.

New Yale-NUS president Tan Tai Yong visiting Yale

YaleNews December 12, 2017

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.

Yale-NUS College picks new president Tan Tai Yong

The Straits Times March 15, 2017

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.  

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