Not Singaporean Enough? Migration, History and National Identity in Singapore
In this chapter, John Solomon examines the relationship between race, migration history and national identity in Singapore. Solomon examines how racial categorisation and periodisation within academic and public history have had an impact on Singaporean identity narratives. Through an examination of museological discourses and academic scholarship, Solomon argues that dominant historical narratives about race, migration and history have reinforced an existing social framework based on a static model of Singaporean multiculturalism. This raises the question of how inclusive national historical narratives are for new waves of migrants who have arrived in Singapore in recent decades and have become citizens of the island nation.