31 Oct '17, 6am

In search of a lost culture, this Singaporean man travelled to India

In search of a lost culture, this Singaporean man travelled to India

Due to the absence of a recorded history of his Chinese Peranakan culture, for the past 30 years, Alvin has travelled across Asia, including India, in search of his material and oral culture. Alvin Yapp (47), from Singapore, visited India in search of his cultural roots. He says, I have been collecting antiques for the last 30 years because as a young child I didn’t know about my own culture. This is contrary to the Indian culture; In India, you would teach a child about his heritage and culture from a very young age. After Independence in 1965, Singapore was geared towards economy building rather than chronicling the cultural past of its communities. Alvin belongs to the Chinese Peranakan lineage. As a descendant of Chinese immigrants who married native Malay women, he always felt a sense of loss and ambiguity towards his cultural history and identity. For political reaso...

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