Student Speaker

Mr Kristian-Marc
James Paul

Major in Anthropology

Mr Kristian-Marc James Paul is a Singaporean majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Arts and Humanities, who is deeply invested in deconstructing social inequities in gender, race, and other areas in Singapore. His capstone project explored Singaporean university pageants – how masculinity manifests and is performed in those spaces, and how those kinds of masculinities are affected by greater social institutions like education, national values, and National Service.

In his time at Yale-NUS College, Kristian played important roles in the College’s support infrastructure. He was the inaugural Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Yale-NUS Student Government, and was a Residential College Advisor (RCA) during his final year. He was also a Sexual Wellness Peer Educator, and helped run Yale-NUS’ gender dialogue group, SPACE.

Kristian’s other passion is the arts. He has acted in several school productions; and in 2017, he co-founded Tape Days, a student-run rock concert celebrating music from the 90s and 00s, which has since become an annual College tradition. Off-stage, Kristian occasionally writes short stories about Singapore, and his works have been published in Tònes, a multilingual school publication. He is a staunch lover of pandan cake and the Western combo set meal from Fine Foods at University Town (UTown) at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Kristian’s speech was co-written with his very good friend and suitemate, Mr Myle Yan Tay, who is also graduating this year. Yan, a writer in his own right, has contributed greatly to the literary scene in Yale-NUS. He wrote and directed several theatrical productions, including co-writing Yale-NUS’ first original musical, Overtime. Kristian and Yan have wanted to collaborate on a project since their second year, and they find it serendipitous that they have finally been given the opportunity to do so at the tail end of their college experience.

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