In this article Tharuka Prematillake, states that " If there were low rents for shop keepers in Old Chinatown in Singapore, I believe more people would have been able to continue living in the area with their local businesses and their mundane lifestyles. Unfortunately, in Singapore, providing subsidies does not seem to be a viable option given the scarcity of land and increase in population". What she is trying to explain, is that if the living conditions were easier and cheaper, then the Singaporean culture would be easier to preserve, because people would stay there, instead of migrating.
Dennis Owens talks about the efforts to hold historic preservation. Cultural value is is a subjective matter, and the value of a park or marketplace could be measured through human experiences. Heritage on the other hand, should be thought of as a more complex system, because it involves new and old residents. As this happens, social changes are being made, which sometimes causes the removal of old landmarks, and the placing of new ones. Owens states that "Things like paintings and photographs, poems and paintings, or even songs. Then it would take into consideration the site’s prominence in social media: How many Instagram photos, for example, or YouTube videos were shot in that area? Not just counting them, but also analyzing the quality of each medium. A painting takes more time to make than an Instagram photo, so the two would rank differently in the evaluation". What he means by this, is that the Singaporean culture can have the same kind of outcome as our society has had on things such as poetry and literature.
Dr. Leslie Tay is very concerned about preserving Singaporean cultural identity. He explains how Singapore food is a big part of their culture and sadly, it is slowly vanishing. He then talks about how the fine dining and gourmet sector of their culinary landscape has been developing at an astronomical rate. He states that "The next generation of Singaporeans are going to be only good at making Spaghetti and not know how to fry a decent plate of Char Kway Teow, my friends". He explains that the steps to preserving Singaporean culture are small, simple, and easy, and that it starts with us.
Melody Zaccheus explains and stands up for protecting certain buildings, that are important to the Singaporean culture. Zaccheus states "The study - the first such comprehensive survey by the board - seeks to put together a list of Singapore's key landmarks and sites, with the aim of stepping up efforts to safeguard heritage as part of the NHB's broader mission of heritage commemoration and preservation". She pushes to preserve the landmarks and sites of Singapore, because they are very important to the culture. She also wants to start creating museums, and other historical sites, that way the Singapore culture can be spread and taught to others.
Raphael Niu Zi Yuan, the author of this article explains that the only way for the culture of Singapore to be preserved is by allowing it to evolve, and change throughout time. This allows it to be appreciated across many generations of Singaporeans. He uses the example of ice kacang, which was originated in the 1950's, and eaten by hand. Now, because of certain innovations, it includes more ingredients, and no longer eaten by hand. Raphael states that "To preserve the old trades and traditions unique to Singapore, we must be willing to allow the old to blend with the new. In this way, they can remain relevant to Singaporeans of all ages".