Who knows what this little guy is? It’s a Merlion! I found it hiding in one of my research notebooks from 2010, back when Junwen and I had just started dating. I thought it would be cute to do a little Dutchinese post on the Merlion, when lo and behold I found an entire UNPUBLISHED post about Singapore’s 50th Anniversary! :-O And that was almost a year ago! Well, since Singapore is still in its 50th year, it’s not too late to share, right? 😉 And for folks who have never heard about the Merlion …well consider this a bit of a history lesson!
Singapore Turns 50
Last weekend [actually this was August 9, 2015] marked the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence. No, not from China. Junwen has lamented to me that many people he encounters here in the U.S. think that Singapore is part of China…perhaps because the majority of its citizens are of Chinese descent. Actually, Singapore was a city of Malaysia, and in 1965 had no desire to separate: they were expelled.
Expelled? How does that even happen? Most independence days celebrate a bloody revolution of a country that was oppressed to its breaking point. Was Singapore the “naughty student” of the class? Let’s look a bit into Singapore’s past, a past many Westerners probably don’t know.