Enough arts/culture venues
- In S’pore, we already have arts venues like Esplanade
- > 7000 arts/culture activities last year
- Erosion of own traditional cultures
- No limit to culture, true. We already have more than enough avenues. Roadshows, museums.
Repository for Past
- Safekeep past, history and tradition
- Promote culture, heritage, sense of identity
- Relevance; no limit to culture
- Learning from past mistakes; not just experiential. If cultures die, museum is the last place for us to remember.
- SG is small and unique
- Treasure our own culture and status
- Need to emphasise SG culture
- Man without culture = body without soul
- As we continue to grow, land depleted. Heritage contents need to be preserved in a museum.
Deepens understanding of others
- Erosion: Museum promotes understanding of other countries.
Caters to wide variety of interests
- Museums for stamps, coins, army. Good egs. Widen perspectives of particular interests.
- More job opportunities; museum does bring jobs, but theme park has more
- Eg. Ticket sales, food. Museum = curator, guides, security
- Museums = Longer and more stable jobs, but museums give much less jobs. Feed more people; giving more people a source of income. Saves more people.
- Economic growth
- Museum may be education; education fundamentally for economy
- Man w/o culture = man w/o soul: In SG, we already have textbooks. Textbooks = soul. Museum = another soul.
- Mass appeal: People interested in arts and culture a minority
- Museums need funds
- Museum: Tourism development
- Travel agencies rather bring groups to museums
Lack of Theme Park expertise
- Theme parks require specialists / engineering expertise
- Theme park competition; S’pore less likely to excel
- Educational; people also learn culture and heritage
- Visit SG for theme park or culture? Escape Theme Park or culture icons?
Culture needs to be experienced
- Not just internet: Culture is EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING.
- Museums not easily replaced. Theme park is a significance of country’s wealth; museum = status and respect for a country.
Lack of land
- Themes parks are the same everywhere – Limited land area in Singapore. Tourists will go to better ones overseas.
- Museum is a place for remembrance
Not enough culture to need a museum
- Young country; only little culture here
- Museum focuses only on SEA culture, rather than SG itself
- We only have Jap Occupation history; not very significant
- TP: more capital, more tourists
- E.g. reasons for IR
Experiential Learning of Culture does not need Ms
- Festivals – experience culture. No need to have museums.
- Museum not = experience of arts and culture. Try time machine. Or festivals.
- Theme Parks are for everyone. Museums have age restrictions.
- Museum not as accessible as textbooks or internet.
Museums are a form of Entertainment too
- Entertainment for the elderly
- Museums for everyone; all ages from zero to elderly, unlike theme parks(?!)
Relate to Globalisation
- Globalisation: Our small culture needs to be preserved; need for uniqueness. Resist globalisation’s force of homogenisation.
Importance of Entertainment
- Both have entertainment value, but TP provides more
- Museum only for interested people
- If people are interested, they won’t need a museum. Textbooks, internet are sources of info
- Shang Fa said we have more than enough: There’s no limit to culture
- Wei Jie: Job opportunities. But not stable income. Mostly part time
- Yi Fang: SG is multiracial, SEA’s culture is ours. We have a mix.
- Tourists come for our culture and food, don’t go just for theme parks.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Posted by 08S401 at 12:02 PM