Meet our Eurasian Community - & enjoy a real Eurasian lunch
The word ‘Eurasian’ was originally coined by the British during their rule in India, to refer to people born to a British and an Indian parent.
Today, it generally refers to anyone of mixed European and Asian parentage. The Eurasians in Singapore can trace their origins to various trading ports in the region where Europeans have settled, including Malacca, Penang, Bencoolen, Goa, Ceylon and Macau and their European roots are predominantly Portuguese, Dutch or British.
The Eurasian community in Singapore is small but has produced some very notable figures such as Dr Benjamin Sheares, our second President, and more recently Joseph Schooling, the Olympic swimmer. A wonderful example of the incredible "rojak" mix of some Eurasians would be prominent lawyer & politician Eddie Barker, whose background included Portuguese, Irish, Japanese, Scottish, Malay and German!
Katong has long been one of the most popular places for Eurasians to settle in Singapore and our tour will start with a walk around the area to visit a number of historically & culturally significant places including the Parkway Hospital where Dr Paglar practiced, the Church of the Holy Family, the quaint streets of the area including old seaside bungalows from the old shoreline (see pics below) plus St Patrick's School - where we will visit its Heritage Room.
We will finish our walk at the Eurasian Association for a tour of their gallery, followed by lunch at their restaurant, Quentin's, which serves authentic (& delicious!) Eurasian fare.
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