The Singapore Ethnic Mosaic: Many Cultures, One People


Authors : Mathews Mathew (Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore & OnePeople.sg)

Publisher : World Scientific

ISBN : 978-981-3234-73-4

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Far from being a melting pot, multi-racial Singapore prides itself on the richness of its ethnic communities and cultures. This volume provides an updated account of the heterogeneity within each of the main communities — the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Others. It also documents the ethnic cultures of these communities by discussing their histories, celebrations, cultural symbols, life cycle rituals, cultural icons and attempts to preserve culture. While chapters are written by scholars drawing insight from a variety of sources ranging from academic publications to discussions with community experts, it is written in an accessible way. This volume seeks to increase intercultural understanding through presenting ample insights into the cultural beliefs and practices of the different ethnic communities. While this book is about diversity, a closer examination of the peoples and cultures of Singapore demonstrates the many similarities communities share in this Singaporean space.
Mathew Mathews is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore where he leads research on diversity issues. Mathew has been the principal investigator of a number of important national surveys on race and religion. He is also a board member of OnePeople.sg, the ground-up national initiative to promote racial harmony in Singapore.
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