School of Creative


BA(Hons) Arts Management

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Behind the scenes of ACM: A deeper look into repatriation processes in the Singapore context

This research attempts to demystify the concept of repatriation in the local context. By using the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) as a case study, interviews were held with prominent figures from ACM and the National Heritage Board to establish a better understanding of what goes into each repatriation case, and the factors that will expedite or delay the process of returning artifacts to their country of origin.

Early findings suggest cultural diplomacy to be one of the main factors influencing repatriation in the local context. Therefore, the subject of analysis will be the political and social role of the 21st century museum, with research attempting to draw the link between museum establishments and the current expectations to facilitate repatriation requests. Additionally, this research also aims to shed light on the difficulties this expectation places on museums.

Keywords: museums, repatriation, acquisitions, asian civilization museum, singapore

Subtopics: museum studies, museum management, diplomacy, national heritage board

To En Qi, Lovette

To En Qi, Lovette

Lovette is passionate about museum studies, curation, art history, conservation/heritage work and research work. She has an outgoing personality and enjoys interacting with people from all walks of life. She is fluent in both English and Chinese and capable of basic translation.

Work experience

May 2021 – Aug 2021
Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre
Intern, archival and marketing

Aug 2020 – May 2021
Rediscover Kampong Glam (URA)
Organizing team, interviewer

Aug 2019 – present
Hamster Society Singapore
Long-term volunteer, social media and marketing