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Eating the other? East Asian Cultural Flows and Understandings of Chineseness in Singapore


Tarulevicz, N, Eating the other? East Asian Cultural Flows and Understandings of Chineseness in Singapore, Intra-Regional Popular Cultural Flows: Towards an East Asian Identity?, Peter Lang Inc, X Chen and N Tarling (ed), pp. 87-108. ISBN 9781433151873 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.3726/b14126


Understanding East Asian cultural flows in Singapore hinges on a nuanced understanding of race and ethnicity in this island-state. Most critically, it hinges on understanding local distinctions of Chineseness. Singapore's unique history, as an ambiguously Asian nation and reluctant post-colonial state, shapes how categories of identity are defined, policed, and negotiated. Singapore's unique inception as a colony has caused discomfort and, simultaneously, a preoccupation with issues around cultural heritage. The multiracial migrant composition of Singapore's population has likewise contributed to a fascination with cultural background and a wariness of its communitarian potential. Race and ethnicity are very important to people in Singapore and simultaneously very sensitive matters.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:culture, Asia, food, Singapore
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Asian cultural studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tarulevicz, N (Associate Professor Nicki Tarulevicz)
ID Code:125166
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-04-04
Last Modified:2019-02-07

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