Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- A Tiger in the KitchenView on Amazon A Singaporean expat is drawn back home by the dishes that defined her childhood and ends up reconnecting with her family and herself. By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan.
- Crazy Rich AsiansView on Amazon When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But her husband-to-be has failed to give her a few key details. By Kevin Kwan.
- From Third World to First: The Singapore Story – 1965-2000View on Amazon The story of Singapore's 35-year transformation from modest former British colonial trading post to thriving Asian metropolis told by the country's charismatic, controversial founding father. By Lee Kuan Yew.
- Lands of Charm and Cruelty: Travels in Southeast AsiaView on Amazon The author profiles five Southeast Asian neighboring countries, revealing their underlying contradictions: Burma, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia and Borneo (Indonesia/Malaysia/Brunei). An enlightening, politically savvy, exotic journey of discovery. By Stan Stesser.
- Raffles and the Golden OpportunityView on Amazon An insightful biography of Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826), the charismatic and persuasive founder of Singapore and Governor of Java. By Victoria Glendinning.
- Saint Jack: A NovelView on Amazon The story of an less-than-upstanding expat American — Jack Flowers, or "St Jack" — in the final days of British-colonial Singapore. By Paul Theroux.
- Singapore NoirView on Amazon A collection of fourteen short stories from some of the best contemporary local writers provides insight into Singapore's underbelly. Edited by Cheryl Lu-Tien Tan.
- The Singapore GripView on Amazon Set in pre-WWII Singapore, the novel chronicles the Japanese siege and the dissolution of the British empire. By JG Farrell.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “5 types of shophouses in S’pore that you definitely didn’t know of”View on mothership.sg A good review of one of the city' most distinctive architecture feature, shophouses, including styles and where to find them. By Joshua Lee.
- “Capital and the Transfiguring Monumentality of Raffles Hotel”View on nus.edu.sg Celebrated as a leading luxury hotel in the world, the Raffles Hotel stands as a monument to Singapore’s status as a global city of commerce. Drawing from archival and published sources, the author analyzes the changing nature of the hotel as cultural symbol. By Daniel PS Goh.
- “Corruption and Revolt”View on NewYorker.com According to Transparency International’s most recent Corruption Perceptions Index, Singapore now ranks seventh in the world for transparent government — less corrupt than Australia, Iceland, or (by a good margin) the United States. By Patrick Radden Keefe.
- “Disneyland with the Death Penalty”View on Wired.com Does Singapore's clean dystopia represent our techno future? By William Gibson.
- “How Singapore makes biodiversity an important part of urban life”View on cityscope.org Singapore may take biodiversity more seriously than any other city in the world. And while a tropical location gives it something of a biological advantage, the city works hard at establishing connections between built-up urban environments and nature. By Grace Chua.
- “Lee Kuan Yew, Founding Father and First Premier of Singapore, Dies at 91”View on NYTimes.com Lee Kuan Yew transformed the tiny outpost of Singapore into one of Asia’s wealthiest and least corrupt countries as its founding father and first prime minister. By Seth Mydans.
- “The Social Laboratory”View on ForeignPolicy.com Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious society. By Shane Harris.
- “The Storefront Maids of Singapore”View on RoadsandKingdoms.com Foreign domestic workers — often referred to here as “maids”— are the silent backbone behind many striving Singaporean and expat families. By Kirsten Han.
If you won’t have ready access to wifi during your travels, consider saving these articles for offline reading using the Instapaper app.
- National Archives of SingaporeVisit nas.gov.sg Peruse a collection of old photographs from the collection.
- Trade in SingaporeVisit atlas.media.mit.edu Excellent, highly-graphical summary of the country's exports and imports.
- Travelers’ Health | SingaporeVisit CDC.gov Get the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for vaccines and medicines.
- World Bank| SingaporeVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
- How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On EarthListen on wnyc.org Singapore has been called the 20th century's most successful development story — a look back on Lee Kuan Yew's legacy.
- Witness | The Fall of SingaporeListen on bbc.org In February 1942, Britain's stronghold in South East Asia fell to the Japanese. Tens of thousands of Commonwealth soldiers were taken prisoner. They were sent to prison camps across the region and set to work. Maurice Naylor worked on the Thai-Burma railway until WWII ended.
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