COVID in Singapore

“Oral records provide a rich understanding of how the pandemic unfolded through first-person accounts. This is why the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) has been conducting 10 in-depth interviews from a diverse selection of profiles each month. The subjects range from healthcare professionals and officers on duty to patients and people living through the upheaval that COVID-19 has wrought.” Read full story with link to project here.

Singapore’s Oral History Project

At the Oral History Centre, Singapore’s stories are kept alive through oral history recordings – interviews with people about their personal recollections.  Since 1979, the Centre has collected 23,000 hours’ worth of interviews with 4,100 interviewees in more than 30 projects. These span a wide range of topics, capturing the broad sweep of Singapore’s history from politics and the civil service to vanishing trades, the performing arts, broadcasting and medical services. For full story with link to interviews, click here.

Court case re Lee Kuan Yew’s Oral History

SINGAPORE — A High Court has dismissed a bid by Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s two younger children to gain control of oral history transcripts of the Republic’s founding Prime Minister from more than 30 years ago.  In his judgment released on Thursday (Sept 29), Judge of Appeal Tay Yong Kwang ruled that the content of the interviews was of a politically sensitive nature that Mr Lee himself had wanted to safeguard the confidentiality of, going by an agreement that he had signed after the interviews.  For full story click here.