Two Singaporeans in America: Hwee Hwee Tan's <i>Mammon Inc.</i> and Simon Tay's <i>Alien Asian</i>

Eddie Tay

in Colony, Nation, and Globalisation

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028740
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206762 | DOI:
Two Singaporeans in America: Hwee Hwee Tan's Mammon Inc. and Simon Tay's Alien Asian

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This chapter examines representations of America and Singapore in Singaporean writers Hwee Hwee Tan's Mammon Inc. and Simon Tay's Alien Asian. It argues that in so far as globalization fosters a subjectivity predicated on a dense network of interdependencies and connections with different localities, it also commodifies these subjectivities. It suggests that the message of the authors' works is that any claims to a subjectivity that is based on the notion that one can be at home anywhere in the world would have to take into consideration how identities are commodified.

Keywords: Singapore; America; Hwee Hwee Tan; Mammon Inc; Simon Tay; Alien Asian; globalization; subjectivities

Chapter.  5727 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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