Singapore’s iconic, but endangered, street food now has UNESCO status

SMU President Prof Lily Kong on the development of Singapore's hawker culture

Hawkers are so central to Singapore life that the country recently led a successful campaign to have the practice inscribed on the 2020 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  Professor Kong, author of Singapore Hawker Centres: People, Places, Food. commented on the development and future of Singapore's hawker culture in this article published in National Geographic in January 2021.