About TheNational.api

A new portal opens on your device, and you are invited to immerse in the stories of how a Malaysian takes root in Singapore while navigating their identity.


Set amidst the city-state’s National Day celebrations across 1966, 1999, and 2020, our protagonists in each time period trudges against the currents of the social order to carve out a space in which they belong. Even in a city that is commonly regarded as a Southeast Asian ideal, queer migrants continue to wrestle between their sense of home, their ambitions, and the familial and societal expectations. Our love may be intertwined with politics, but through that, we see courage, sacrifice, and hope.

The format in which you’ll experience this trilogy allows you to be in the shoes of the diverse identities in all of our interconnected histories. Inspired by the malleability of the .API (application programming interface), we hope to continue crafting and sharing narratives that would shape the future of the region’s shared experiences.

Music by Rachel W.yen

“In the Hall of the Mountain King”
Composed by Edvard Grieg

Sound Design by Rachel W.yen

Additional sound effects:

Car ride ambience by Epidemic Ambience https://youtu.be/OgkZPWwjwhk
Changi Airport MRT ambience by Maxson Goh https://youtu.be/BtaoVW1dCIU
Changi Airport 1997 ambience by M.T. Chaudhry https://youtu.be/b0pYFJ4Ob8c
Rain by https://youtu.be/J6G0EuPAoKQ
Wind chimes by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOfRn…

Special Thanks

Ng Yi-sheng
Faisal Husni
Chay WeiQin
Uma Bhojraj
Winifred Wong

Site Designed and Developed by 

Justin Chua (@justinnoahc)