section will have own examples and explanations regarding Singapore’s culture.
Singapore was an important trading center and port as early as the seventh century. By the
fourteenth century Chinese immigrants had established a small community on the island, and the
name Singapura, a word of Sanskrit origin meaning Lion City, was in common use. After
Portugal wrested control of the region from Malaccan and Malay rulers in the sixteenth and early
seventeenth centuries, Singapore fell into obscurity. Modern Singapore dated from the discovery
of the island’s superb natural port in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles, an officer of the British East
The East India Company, seeking to forestall colonial advances by Holland and France,
was insearch of a base at the strategic southern tip of the Malay Peninsula that would complement
the nearby British posts at Penang and Malacca . Raffles instantly recognized the tradingpotential
of the site, which he predicted would become“a place of considerable magnitude an importance”
and “the emporium of the seven seas.” He settled a treaty the next day with a local sultan and
established an outpost.
However Singapore has been ruled by other countries, they managed to develop powerful
economy. Because of geography location , Singapore’s ports are developed’’ Entrepot’’ (transit
port for other countries) economy. Not only they have transit port(entrepot) but also Singapore
has insurance, shipping, banking, export and import services to ship companies and other global
banks. During 1860’s Suez Canal opened and Singapore used this advantage very good, rapidly
it became one of the most important port in the area. This rapid change captured England
attention . British army started to establish in Singapore in 1923’s and during Second World War
it had become British biggest army-air force base in Asia .
Of course economic development has brought diversity from other countries. As matter fact
it’s region and history are the reason of big diversity. Singapore has mix nations of Malay,
Chinese, Malay, Indian, European immigrants. the culture of Singapore expresses the diversity of
the population as the various ethnic groups continue to celebrate their own cultures while they
intermingle with one another.
Population of Singapore is 4,740,737 (July 2011 est.) 0-14 years: 13.8% (male 338,419/female 314,704)15-64 years: 77% (male 1,774,444/female 1,874,985)65 years and over: 9.2% (male 196,101/female 242,084) (2011 est.). %76.8 Chinese descendent,%13.9 Malay % 7.9 Indians Population, rest of is minority. Most of people live in urban city , only %25 is in village and suburbs. Big majority of population is Chinese , they use five different dialect which are Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochev, Hainanese and Hakka. Their religions are Buddhism, Taoism. On the other hand, second largest grup is who talks Malay are Muslim, they are %7 of total the population. Because of this diversity they live all together and
For example, one can find a nice wedding taking place beside a some other event may going on
on the ground floor of a HDB apartment block. This can be said to be due to the policies of the HDB
which tried to make sure all public housing have a diverse mix of races. However, Singapore has
achieved a significant degree of cultural diffusion with its unique combination of these ethnic groups, and
has given Singapore a rich mixture of diversity for its young age.
Singapore has several distinct ethnic neighborhoods, including Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam, formed by the Raffles Plan of Singapore in the early 19th century to segregate the new immigrants into specific areas. Although the population are no longer segregated...