Frequently Asked Questions (CSTC)

1. What is CSTC?

The Centre for Singapore Tamil Culture (CSTC) is a non-profit, virtual organisation run by volunteers that aims to study, share and sustain aspects of Tamil culture in Singapore.


2. How does CSTC aim to achieve its objectives?

CSTC will focus on the three streams of programmes and events:

  • Intercultural Programme strives to take Tamil culture to non-Tamils and vice versa and presents multicultural programmes to promote intercultural understanding;

  • Publications Programme aims to bring out monographs and pamphlets on Tamil culture in English as well as Tamil;

  • Discussion Programme focuses on key cultural issues faced by the Tamil community in Singapore and convenes discussion groups.


3. Why is CSTC set up, when there are already numerous Tamil organizations?

There are some gaps and specific needs for the Singapore Tamil community which currently remain unfulfilled. There is a need for seminal and reliable books on the Singapore Tamil community and culture in English as well as Tamil; a need for deeper engagement by the Tamil community of the other communities in inter-cultural dialogues; and a need for frank, robust but collegial discussions on socio-cultural issues of the community. CSTC hopes to address these specific needs and not replicate existing activities or organisations.


4. Who does CSTC aim to serve?

The primary audiences for CST are threefold:

  • Tamils keenly interested in understanding their own identity and community;

  • Non-Tamils who may be interested in understanding the Singapore Tamil community; and

  • Policy makers and influencers who affect the Tamil community in significant ways.


5. Who is involved in CSTC?

CSTC is a ground-up community effort, conceived and conducted by a small group of volunteers, ranging from students to professionals in various fields, who are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tamil culture in Singapore.


6. When was CSTC launched?

CSTC was launched on 6 February 2019. This date was chosen as it was exactly 200 years to the day that Stamford Raffles signed the Singapore Treaty to acquire the island as a trading post of the East India Company, and thus beginning the unbroken history of Tamils in Singapore.