Reflect:

Heritage in the Making

Human beings need to make sense of the past, present and future. For ‘heritage’ is not simply what we inherit from the past, as if it were fixed and given; rather, heritage embodies and discloses forms of human possibility – possible ways of life, hopes and fears, aspirations fulfilled and unfulfilled. Heritage speaks to fundamental questions: what does it mean to be human? And how is recollecting the past part of projecting our future?
 

—    Back cover of Our Place in Time: Exploring Heritage and Memory in Singapore (1999)    —


We hope you will take a step back to reflect on your own understandings of heritage and/or experiences with the Singapore Heritage Festival.


To inspire you, here are 4 unique perspectives from 4 SMU Arts and Culture Management undergraduates who were part of the process of developing this programme and then later returned to contemplate their learning journey. 


From creative responses to personal reflections, we hope these narratives will enable you to discover how heritage is rich, complex and ever-evolving.
 

 For Us, By Us 

BY CASS ZHENG

 Beyond the Glass Cases 

BY JEFFREY kang

 All That Glitters

 Is Not Gold 

BY VICTORIA wong

 I Can Barely Hear You 

 Over This Noise 

BY NIGEL lopez