What Singaporeans identify with
Researchers from the Institute of Policy Studies’ (IPS) Social Lab are working on several projects to pin down the various aspects that constitute and contribute to Singaporeans’ sense of identity and heritage. They are:
Started in 2015 and published this year, the study “Narratives of our past: Taking a journey through history for collective well-being” surveyed 1,516 Singapore citizens on how they perceived the history of Singapore after having evaluated 35 historical events.
Events include the first batch of national servicemen in 1967 and Mas Selamat’s escape in 2008.
Last year, the IPS Social Lab studied the views of ordinary citizens towards Singapore’s built heritage.
Researchers started out by conducting focus group sessions with 51 Singaporeans who were asked to evaluate 90 sites.
Clifford Pier, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Changi Airport control tower, Fullerton Hotel and Raffles Hotel emerged as the respondents’ top five most important heritage sites in Singapore.
Researchers are now working on surveying 1,500 Singaporeans for a nationally representative poll. The team is in the midst of studying 52 years worth of NDR speeches from 1965 to 2016. The project aims to uncover the developmental milestones of the nation and the evolving aspirations and challenges of Singaporeans, among other things. Researchers are aiming for the study to be completed by the end of the year.
The IPS Social Lab also plans to conduct a study by the second half of next year on the populace’s perception of local historical figures from a range of sectors such as politics, the arts and sports.
The Fullerton Hotel (left) and the Changi Airport control tower (below) were among the top five most important heritage sites out of 90 that were assessed by 51 Singaporeans who took part in a series of focus group discussions organised by the IPS Social Lab last year.