Reframing Singapore

Memory - Identity - Trans-Regionalism

Edited by Derek Heng and Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied

Edited by Derek Heng and Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

320 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $74.95 ISBN: 9789089640949 Published November 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Over the past two decades, Singapore has advanced rapidly towards becoming a both a global city-state and a key nodal point in the international economic sphere. These developments have caused us to reassess how we understand this changing nation, including its history, population, and geography, as well as its transregional and transnational experiences with the external world. This collection spans several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and draws on various theoretical approaches and methodologies in order to produce a more refined understanding of Singapore and to reconceptialize the challenges faced by the country and its peoples.


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1        Introduction

Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied and Derek Heng




2        From Political Rhetoric to National History: Bi-Culturalism and Hybridisation in the Construction of Singapore’s Historical Narrative

Derek Heng Thiam Soon


3        Gateway and Panopticon: Singapore and Surviving Regime Change in the Nineteenth-Century Malay World

Koh Keng We


4        Beyond the Rhetoric of Communalism: Violence and the Process of Reconciliation in 1950s Singapore

Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied


5        The Politics of Fires in Post-1950s Singapore and the Making of the Modernist Nation-State

Loh Kah Seng


6        Gender and Discipline in ‘The Singapore Story’: The Female Chinese Factory Workers in Perspective, c. 1980-c. 1990

Ernest Koh




7        Textualising the Baba Identity: Insight into the Making of a Bibliography

Bonny Tan


8        Negotiating Identities, Affiliations and Interests: The Many Lives of Han Wai Toon, an Overseas Chinese

Sharon Wong Wai Yee


9        Singaporean First: Challenging the Concept of Transnational Malay Masculinity

Lenore Lyons and Michele Ford


10    Trans-National Biographies and Trans-National Habiti: The Case of Chinese-Singaporeans in Hong Kong

Caroline Plüss




11    Indian Media and the Lure of ‘Uniquely Singapore’

Faizal bin Yahya and Arunajeet Kaur


12    Localising the Global and Globalising the Local: The Global Household of Filipina Trans-Migrant Workers and Their Singapore Employers

Janet M. Arnado


13    Raffles Hotel Singapore: Advertising, Consumption and Romance

Chris Hudson


14    The Role of Recruitment Agencies for Japanese Working Women in Singapore

Yoshimichi Yui


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