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By Ernest Koh

ISBN-10: 1604976772

ISBN-13: 9781604976779

The background of Singapore has been generally conflated with the background of its monetary good fortune. From its heyday as a nexus of exchange throughout the imperial period to the fashionable urban kingdom that boasts excessive residing criteria for many of its voters, the historical past of Singapore is often seen during the lens of the ruling elite. released in volumes in 1998 and 2000, Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs The Singapore tale epitomizes this top-down definitive narrative of the nation's earlier. The historical past of post-war Singapore has mostly been decreased to a chain of selections made via the nation's leaders. Few current stories discover the function and reports of the normal individual in Singapore's post-war heritage. There are none that do that via ethnography, oral historical past, and collective biography. In a severe learn that has no parallel between current works on Singapore heritage, this ebook dispenses with the homogenous ancient event that's mostly presumed within the writing of Singapore's nationwide prior after 1945 and explores how the enforcement of a uniform language coverage through the Singapore executive for cultural and monetary reasons has created underappreciated social and financial divides one of the chinese language of Singapore either among and inside of households. It additionally demonstrates how mapping specific financial, linguistic, and cultural cleavages inside Singaporean chinese language society can upload new and significant dimensions to knowing the nation's earlier and current. leader between those, the writer argues, are the approaches at the back of the production and entrenchment of sophistication constructions within the urban country, reminiscent of the expanding price of English as a sort of opportunity-generating capital.

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