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

Tarulevicz, N ORCID: 0000-0002-9884-5057 2018 , 'Eating the other? East Asian Cultural Flows and Understandings of Chineseness in Singapore', in X Chen and N Tarling (eds.), Intra-Regional Popular Cultural Flows: Towards an East Asian Identity? , Peter Lang Inc, pp. 87-108.

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Abstract

Understanding East Asian cultural flows in Singapore hinges on a nuancedunderstanding of race and ethnicity in this island-state. Most critically, ithinges on understanding local distinctions of Chineseness. Singapore'sunique history, as an ambiguously Asian nation and reluctant post-colonialstate, 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 multiracialmigrant composition of Singapore's population has likewise contributed toa fascination with cultural background and a wariness of its communitarianpotential. Race and ethnicity are very important to people in Singapore andsimultaneously very sensitive matters.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Tarulevicz, N
Keywords: culture, Asia, food, Singapore
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc
DOI / ID Number: 10.3726/b14126
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Copyright 2018 Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York

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