2022 "Selat" To Singapore: A Conversation on Singaporean Mandarin


"Selat" To Singapore: A Conversation on Singaporean Mandarin


Language illustrates our dynamic social history and reflects our shared values and tradition.

Join A/P Tan Chee Lay, A/P Tham Shiao Wei and Mediacorp Channel 8 News Presenter, Vincent Lim, as they discuss and provide interesting insights on Singaporean Mandarin, and how it reflects Singapore’s culture and identity.

This conversation will be hosted by Mediacorp YES 933 DJ Lin Peifen.


Date:               Saturday, 29 October 2022

Time:              10:30am (registration starts at 10:00am)

Venue:            The Pod, Level 16, National Library Building


Join us in-person to receive a free goodie bag and stand a chance to win a Singapore Writers Festival pass!


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*Programme will be conducted in Mandarin.




A/P Tan Chee Lay

Deputy Head, Asian Languages & Cultures, National Institute of Education and Principal Investigator, Singaporean Mandarin Database

Writer-artist Tan Chee Lay is Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education, with a PhD in Chinese literature from Cambridge University. He won the Singapore Literature Prize, Golden Point Award, Young Artist Award, Singapore Youth Award, Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, The Public Service Medal (PBM), and has published almost 30 creative writing and academic books.


A/P Tham Shiao Wei

Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore

Tham Shiao Wei (PhD in Linguistics, Stanford University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore.  Before teaching at NUS, she was Associate Professor at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Wellesley College (MA, USA).  Her research interests lie mainly in word meaning and its effects on sentence structure, with a focus on Mandarin Chinese.  


Vincent Lim

Mediacorp Channel 8 News Presenter

Vincent is currently a presenter with Mediacorp Channel 8 news, anchoring the TV news bulletin and current affairs programme, Hello Singapore. He has been selected to present many nationwide broadcasted events such as Singapore’s General Election and the National Day Parade. As a former radio presenter, he is also adept in voiceovers and event hosting. Off air, Vincent is very active in different sports and you can often find him in parks and the great outdoors.



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