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Exploring the History and Evolution of Malayalees in Singapore


Exploring the History and Evolution of Malayalees in Singapore

Exploring the History and Evolution of Malayalees in Singapore over the last 100 Years
with Dr Anitha Devi Pillai

Saturday, 17th March 2018, 1pm - 3pm
Indian Heritage Centre Activity Room
5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924

Registration starts at 12.30pm.


Dr Anitha Devi Pillai will highlight some of the key research findings related to the history and the evolution of the Malayalee community in Singapore over the last one hundred years.

Malayalees are the second largest Indian community in Singapore, after the Tamils. Members of the community have played important and prominent roles in the transformation of Singapore.

During her talk, Dr Pillai will share with you interesting anecdotes, gathered first-hand from different generations of the community.

In this talk, she will also explore how the community evolved from one with strong ties to Kerala, India, to one where the second and third generation assimilated into the larger Singapore society; as well as the recent changes to the community with the influx of migrant professionals over the last ten years.

The talk will be based on her book ‘From Kerala to Singapore: Voices from the Singapore Malayalee Community’ which was published last year.


About the Speaker:

Dr Anitha Devi Pillai, a fourth generation Singaporean Malayalee, is an applied linguist and a teacher educator. She is a faculty member at the National Institute of Education (NTU, Singapore) where she teaches courses on writing, literacy practices and English language pedagogy. She has published books, journal articles, book chapters and presented at international conferences. She was the Principal Investigator of ‘The Singapore Malayalee Story’ research project which was funded by the National Heritage Board (Singapore). Currently, she is a committee member of the Indian Community Oral History Committee (ICOHC) which was set up to document oral narratives of the Indian community in Singapore.

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