Minority Languages in Singapore: Challenges and New Horizons [Panel Discussion]


What can be done for minority languages like Kristang in Singapore? How have other minority language communities successfully preserved and revitalised their own languages, heritage, and traditions in the Lion City? Panellists Dr Chua Ai Lin, Dr Nala Huiying Lee, and Dr Ritu Jain will examine these and other obstacles and new directions for minority languages in Singapore. Registration required.

The first 30 people
to register will receive a deck of Kristang flash cards, Bista di Kristang ('A Glimpse of Kristang') developed by Kodrah Kristang!

Note: One person will be entitled to only
one deck for all events — if you are part of the early bird sign-ups for multiple Festa di Papia Kristang events, you will still only receive only one deck of flashcards.



Chua Ai Lin is the President of the Singapore Heritage Society, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation. She received her PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and was formerly an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. Her twenty years experience in the heritage sector spans public service committees at the National Library, National Heritage Board, as well as consultancy work and civil society initiatives.

Nala Huiying Lee is an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore. She convenes the Endangered Languages and Language Documentation reading group at the university, and is known for her work on language endangerment as a co-developer of the Language Endangerment Index used by the Catalogue of Endangered Languages on the Endangered Languages Project portal (endangeredlanguages.com). As a member of the Peranakan community and a researcher of Baba Malay, the Peranakan people and language are a matter close to her heart.

Ritu Jain is a lecturer in at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University. She is interested in Language Policy and Planning and Language Rights of immigrant minorities. In her research, she has examined the implications of affirmative policy measures towards minority Indian languages of Singapore. She also explores the impact of their language education decisions on individual and group identity, community social positions, and intra- and inter-ethnic community harmony. Her recent co-authored paper Cartographic Mismatches and Language Policy – the case of Hindi in Singapore appears in the journal Language Policy.

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Sun May 21, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM SGT
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Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum
Venue Address
1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555 Singapore
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place. Take Exit H. The Asian Civilisations Museum is a scenic 5 minute walk away, along the river and across Cavenagh Bridge.
Kristang Language Festival ('Festa di Papia Kristang')

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