Panel on what makes a Chinese Singaporean

Conversations about the rise of China and its impact on the Chinese Singaporean identity have been gaining traction lately, with several MPs, including Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang, touching on the topic during the Budget debate.

This Saturday, Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group (CMG) and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) will be co-organising a panel session on the theme: "What makes a Chinese Singaporean?"

This builds on a bilingual collaboration between Lianhe Zaobao and The Straits Times last month in which two young reporters from each paper exchanged views on the Chinese Singaporean identity through an exchange of six letters.

The panel session, which will be conducted in Mandarin and English, will focus on topics that were featured in the letters, including the rise of China, Special Assistance Plan schools, and issues arising from being the majority race.

Panellists include SPH's CMG head Lee Huay Leng, Hwa Chong Institution principal Pang Choon How, poet and editor Joshua Ip, Mr Chang Zi Qian, co-founder of IT start-up Intelllex, and Mr Tan Dan Feng, co-founder of arts organisation The Select Centre.

The writers involved in the project - Zaobao's Ng Wai Mun, and ST's Yuen Sin - will also be present to share their views.

The session on Saturday will be held at the SCCC's recital studio on level 6, from 2.30pm to 5pm.

Those interested in attending can register at bit.ly/zbforum by noon tomorrow.

Due to limited capacity at the venue, admission is not guaranteed and successful registrants will be notified before the event.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2018, with the headline 'Panel on what makes a Chinese S'porean'. Print Edition | Subscribe