Asianism and the Politics of Regional Consciousness in Singapore
Responding to the challenges Singapore faces in coming to terms with its Asian identity, this book examines the complex cultural, social, and political underpinnings that have shaped Singapore's mainstream discourse in Asia. Indeed, it argues that its legacy as a colonial port city, the exigencies of managing the post-independence nation state, and the larger forces of imperialism and capitalism all contribute to its politics of Asianism. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, that spans history, cultural studies, postcolonialism, and cultural geography, Leong Yew reveals how Asia has been used to narrate Singapore's beginnings, revalidate Singaporean ethnic culture and to consolidate its practices of consumption and commodification.
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