Education at Large

Author: Siao See Teng
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814405566
Format: PDF
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The first part of the book contains documentation of a groundbreaking exhibition held in 2007 on student activities and societal engagements during post-war Singapore 1945–1965 and transcripts of forums held in conjunction with it. The second half centres on oral history accounts of mostly former Chinese school students who shared about their social, cultural and political activities in complex but exciting times. Education-at-large broadens our understanding of Singapore's educational history in the transitional period between the end of the Second World War and the country's independence; examines the ways in which student activities and activism resonated with, and contributed to, the country's wider social, political and cultural life, as well as the decolonisation process; and stimulates debates about Chinese education and student activism in Singapore. Contents:Forum Documentation:A Bilingual Forum: Inhabiting Two Different Worlds — Dialogue Between Han Tan Juan and Koh Tai AnnMy Project Work ExperienceMy Thoughts on Participating in the Exhibition “Education at Large: Student Life and Activities in Singapore, 1945–1965”Some Thoughts on the “Education-at-Large” ExhibitionPerspectives in Student Movement ResearchA Very Brief History of Idealism in SingaporeA Historical Account of the Chinese Book Industry in the 1950s to the 1960sOral History:Brief Biographies of the IntervieweesYouthful Wanderings amidst Student Movements — An Interview with Lim Chin JooTransfer to Chinese School — Taking a Different Road — An Interview with Tan Kok ChiangThose Organised and Unorganised Times of Youth — An Interview with Chen Mong Tse and Chai Chu ChunObservation as Historical Participation — An Interview with Lee Leong SengGrowing Up with Literacy Classes — An Interview with Tan Teck KengThe Sojourns of a Village Youth — An Interview with Chua Hiang YongAppendix:The Singapore Chinese Middle School Students' Union: A Lost Echo of an EraThoughts of Exhibition VisitorsParticipating SchoolsEditors' Notes: A Collective Imagery of Youth in the Island-StateAbout the EditorsOrganising Committee / The Tangent Committee Readership: Students and the general public who are interested to understand the social, cultural and political activities of students during post-war Singapore 1945–1965. Keywords:History;Cultural Studies;Education;Student Activities;SingaporeKey Features:It presents an overview of student life in Chinese schools in postwar Singapore and challenges that students in Chinese schools faceIt offers rare insights on a key student organisation in postwar Singapore, Singapore Chinese Middle School Student Union from participants' perspectives, of which little is publicly knownRare materials and oral history accounts on student life and movement during postwar Singapore, originally available in the Chinese language, are made accessible in the English language in this book for a wider audience

Re producing Chineseness in Southeast Asia

Author: Chih-yu Shih
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317368231
Format: PDF, ePub
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Identity politics can impede Chinese identification in southeast Asia because the migrant population, particularly the intellectual aspect of that population, have to consider the political effects of their intellectual and social activities on the survival of Chinese communities. Similarly, these communities have to deal with the necessity of nation-building in the aftermath of the Second World War, which required integration rather than the exaggeration of differences. Consequently, restriction on self-understanding as well as self-representation has become more than apparent in Chinese migrant communities in southeast Asia. With this in mind, identity politics can inspire self-understanding among the migrant communities, as intellectuals rediscover how humanism can enable a claim of ‘Chineseness’ that can be registered differently and creatively in a variety of national conditions. Migrant communities generally understand the importance of political accuracy, and this being accurate involves subscribing to pragmatism, something which is apparent in the scholarship and creative outputs of these communities. Humanism and pragmatism together are the epistemological parameters of self-representation, whereas civilizational and ethnic studies are their methodological parameters. This book was originally published as a special issue of Asian Ethnicity.

Singapore Cinema

Author: Kai Khiun Liew
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317407482
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book outlines and discusses the very wide range of cinema which is to be found in Singapore. Although Singapore cinema is a relatively small industry, and relatively new, it has nevertheless made an impact, and continues to develop in interesting ways. The book shows that although Singapore cinema is often seen as part of diasporic Chinese cinema, it is in fact much more than this, with strong connections to Malay cinema and the cinemas of other Southeast Asian nations. Moreover, the themes and subjects covered by Singapore cinema are very wide, ranging from conformity to the regime and Singapore’s national outlook, with undesirable subjects overlooked or erased, to the sympathetic depiction of minorities and an outlook which is at odds with the official outlook. The book will be useful to readers coming new to the subject and wanting a concise overview, while at the same time the book puts forward many new research findings and much new thinking.