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  • Jurong New Town and Jurong Industrial Estate

    Dr Goh Keng Swee at JTC Meeting in 1968

    Jurong New Town and the accompanying Jurong Industrial Estate were the two most ambitious projects the government undertook during the 1960s. It was helmed by former Finance Minister Dr Goh Keng Swee and transformed the former swamplands of Jurong into a key-manufacturing sector that provided jobs for thousands of Singaporeans, all while creating a brand new housing estate altogether.

  • Yu Sheng and Lo Hei

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    Nothing gets the festivities of Chinese New Year started like a good lo hei - the tossing tradition of the colourful and flavorful Yu Sheng salad for good fortune.

  • A Time to Remember

    WWII veterans

    Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, photographer Nicky Loh meets four survivors who have lived through the trying times of the war, and captures vignettes of their stories.

  • Urut Lady - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Urut Lady - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Since moving to Singapore in 1994, Ibu Tutik's work as an Urut Lady has helped her support her family in Singapore as well as in Surabaya. Demand for her services was particularly high in the Chinese Dragon year of 2012.

  • Poultry Farmer - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Poultry Farmer - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    He foresaw the importance of farming in the 1950s and when farmers were still reliant on traditional methods of farming, he pushed to modernise farming.

  • Poster Painter - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Movie Poster Painter - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    He turned his skill to commercial art jobs just as the movie poster painting industry was declining.

  • Goldsmith - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Goldsmith - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    He saw the potential of the goldsmith trade and decided to train to become a goldsmith. He worked hard and saved up to start his own goldsmith shop, Indian Jewellers.

  • Why We Should Remember WWII

    WWII Remember

    What’s Up, Singapore’s newspaper for students, asked Education Minister (Schools) Ng Chee Meng about World War 2. Why is it important that today’s young Singaporeans know about events 75 years ago?

  • Samsui Woman - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Samsui - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Samsui women were so-called as the movement originated from the county of Sanshui (Samsui in Cantonese) in Guangdong Province, where women dominated the workforce during a silk industry boom in the mid-19th century. Wearing a distinctive red headscarf or hong toujin (红头巾), the Samsui women were a sisterhood of mainly Cantonese or Hakka women who took a vow of chastity and supported themselves through manual labour.

  • Letter Writer - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Letter Writer - Trading Stories: Conversations with Six Pioneering Tradesmen

    Back when long-distance phone calls were a rare luxury, handwritten letters were the only affordable means of communication between families separated by oceans. Few immigrants could read or write then, so they turned to individuals such as Mr. Thangaraju s/o Singaram to help them craft messages to relatives back home.

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