Secret Singapore: Historic Origins of the Little Red Dot with Jane Iyer

Secret Singapore: Historic Origins of the Little Red Dot with Jane Iyer


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Our "Little Red Dot" of an island may be small but a lot has happened in its relatively short history. This talk will trace this history from the 14th century Malay kingdom to British trading post and colony, through the Japanese Occupation to its emergence as an independent state. This is a fitting seminar for anyone wishing to learn about the historic origins of this global economic powerhouse.

Lacking in natural resources but with a perfect geographical location, Singapore’s incredibly diverse mosaic of people and sheer tenacity have contributed to this gutsy little country's success. It is now regarded as one of the best places in the world to do business - as well as to live, work, and play. How did this come about and what lessons can be learned by other countries?

Led by Jane Iyer, an expert on Singapore's history and heritage, this interactive seminar will explore this rich history. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation and understanding of this small, but rather perfectly formed, city-state.

Jane Iyer’s love affair with Asia started on her arrival as a “wee lass” in Singapore (by boat!) in February 1963. A native Brit, life has ensured that she has boomeranged back to Asia - as a trailing teenager in 1970, followed by 2 stints as a trailing spouse from 1999, in the middle of which she sandwiched 6 years in New York City. In 2015 she took the plunge to study to be a Singapore Tourist Guide. Jane is a passionate ambassador for her adopted home. Particularly interested in heritage and history, she is also a keen supporter of the performing arts.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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