Tigers are everywhere in present-day Singapore. They adorn cans of Tiger Beer, tins of Tiger Balm, and the airplanes of Tiger Air. Yet living, breathing tigers can only be found within the confines of zoos and visiting circus acts. What happened to Singapore’s once-abundant Malaysian tiger population, and why do they figure so prominently in the nation’s identity? In this talk, Dr Miles Powell will discuss the horrors of tiger attacks in colonial Singapore, and how the island’s various settler communities responded by hunting and ultimately exterminating Singapore’s tiger population. Dr Powell will consider what lessons this history offers for our relationship to nature and, ultimately, each other.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/historiasg-people-in-peril-environments-at-risk-the-history-of-tigers-in-singapore-tickets-32457677788?aff=es2
HistoriaSG is a lecture series at National Museum of Singapore that focusses on important but lesser-known aspects of Singapore’s history. With in-depth presentations by local and international academics on a range of topics viewed through a variety of lens from business to science and technology, the environment and specific communities, the series sheds new light on Singapore’s culture, history and heritage. HistoriaSG is part of the museum’s efforts to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of Singapore’s history.