Sejarah Inquisition 2021 – Hawker Culture in Singapore

On March 13, 2021, the NUS History Society organised the third edition of Sejarah Inquisition, a competition among junior colleges to analyse a piece of Singapore’s history and delve into historical inquiry and investigation. Working in teams, participants will work under the mentorship of NUS History students and learn to critically analyse, evaluate and reflect on primary and secondary sources.

This year, the theme was ‘Hawker Culture in Singapore’, which is considered to be a key part of Singapore’s intangible history. Participants were given just five hours to roleplay as a key stakeholder in Singapore’s hawker history and respond to a given prompt.

The event saw a record of 11 teams participating in the competition, which was held on Zoom.

Participating teams were guided by mentors from NUS History to respond to their prompts
Participants from Temasek Junior College preparing for their presentations
Project Director of Sejarah Inquisition, Rohini, preparing behind the scenes
Participants from Jurong Pioneer Junior College preparing for their presentations
Presentation by Yishun Innova Junior College, exploring public health concerns surrounding hawking activities as a Municipal Health Official for the Straits Settlements
Presentation by Dunman High School on hawkers’ licensing regulations as an unlicensed hawker in the 1960s
Presentation by Tampines Meridian Junior College, exploring new agricultural activities as a pig farmer in the 1980s
A/P Bruce Lockhart’s presentation on ‘why study History?’

The winning entries were presented by students from Tampines Meridian Junior College, Jurong Pioneer Junior College, and Hwa Chong Institution. Congratulations to all teams!

A big thank you to our judges, A/P Bruce Lockhart, Dr. John Solomon, and Dr. Effendy for inspiring and providing valuable feedback to the participants.

The NUS History Society is also grateful to Dunman High School, Hwa Chong Institution, Jurong Pioneer Junior College, Millennia Institute, Tampines Meridian Junior College, Temasek Junior College, and Yishun Innova Junior College for joining us during the event.

Finally, a big thank you to the organising committee for making this possible!


Published by hissocnus

The National University of Singapore (NUS) History Society is a student-run organization that aims to encourage an interest for history among NUS students and members of the public. Its members include all History majors and other NUS students interested in history. Regular projects that aim to engage NUS students include writing and editorial opportunities at the Society’s publication Mnemozine, career development programmes as well as welfare activities. NUS History Society is a student society under the Office of Student Affairs, National University of Singapore.

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