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Asianism and the politics of regional consciousness in Singapore

Author: Leong Yew
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2014.
Series: Routledge contemporary Asia series, 43.
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"Over the last two decades, Singapore has undergone a substantial degree of 'Asianization'. Apart from participating in the Asian values debate of the 1990s, re-visioning itself as 'New Asia' and a global-Asian hub, and establishing Asian identities for the commodities it consumes and produces, Singapore has also repurposed its modernity, cultures, and ethos along similar regionalist precepts. However, even in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leong Yew
ISBN: 9780415821483 0415821487
OCLC Number: 867650244
Description: xviii, 241 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: On Asianism --
Singapore, Asia and their beginnings --
In search of the Asian soul : shifting culture, reframing history --
Consuming Asia : commodification in the context of Singapore's Asianism --
Asia as knowledge --
Asianized landscapes and the transculturation of Singapore --
Toward alter-Asianisms.
Series Title: Routledge contemporary Asia series, 43.
Responsibility: Leong Yew.
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"Over the last two decades, Singapore has undergone a substantial degree of 'Asianization'. Apart from participating in the Asian values debate of the 1990s, re-visioning itself as 'New Asia' and a global-Asian hub, and establishing Asian identities for the commodities it consumes and produces, Singapore has also repurposed its modernity, cultures, and ethos along similar regionalist precepts. However, even in recent times, Singapore continues to vacillate ambivalently between identifying with and differentiating itself from Asia. 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 a thoroughly 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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