Sat, 22 Sep | 2pm – 3pm
Gallery Theatre, Basement Level
Join historian Mandakini Arora as she talks about home, identity and gender, based on oral history interviews that she has conducted with British women who arrived in Singapore in the two decades pre-independence. One of her interviewees is Jean Marshall, the widow of David Marshall, Singapore’s first elected chief minister. Jean’s letters “home”, written in 1953-54 when she was posted in Malaya with the British Red Cross, have recently been published (edited by Mandakini) as Jean Marshall’s Pahang Letters, 1953-54: Sidelights on Malaya during the Emergency. At the time Jean wrote the letters, her home was England. Today, 65 years later, her home is Singapore. She is not unique in her shifting notion of home, which is becoming more common in a globalized world. Individual stories of home and identity are embedded in larger, national and global histories of colonialism and postcolonialism. Through these collective stories, Mandakini explores the dynamic processes whereby we make a place home.