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What are the rosary and nunís habit if not Catholic?': The Chapel Party Controversy in Singapore


Hudd, S, What are the rosary and nun's habit if not Catholic?': The Chapel Party Controversy in Singapore, Limina (Online): a journal of historical and cultural studies, 20, (1) pp. 1-15. ISSN 1833-3419 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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This article analyses the controversy over the advertising of a dance party to be held in the former Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus and contextualises it with similar controversies which occurred concurrently - Taoist robes worn at a fashion parade, and posters put up by the Campus Crusade for Christ. The community and government reading of these events as instances of insensitivity to religious faiths tell us about the power of state ideology, and the conflation of religious and racial harmony; a salient reminder that, in Singapore, modernity is not the same as Westernisation. The cancellation of the Chapel Party demonstrates the privileging in Singapore of religious sensitivities so that religious harmony is understood as racial harmony. It also demonstrates that in a city of constant change, repurposing of a building does not always erase memories of its previous use.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Asian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hudd, S (Dr Sandra Hudd)
ID Code:92521
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-06-23
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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