Wednesday, 20 December 2017

A talk and sketch at Monash University

I attended a stimulating talk at Monash University, Melbourne on Singapore being no longer a multilingual society. When I was growing up in Singapore, everyone spoke 4 or 5 languages (to varying competence). Now with English taught as the main language in all schools and the Government directed promotion of Mandarin at the expense of other Chinese dialects, the society has become bilingual – English and one other language (Mandarin, Malay or Tamil). Much can be said about this situation...

It was nice and cool in the shade of some trees outside the Robert Menzies building after the talk. Monash University is unrecognisable from what it was in the 1970s when I was a student there.

Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”.

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