Negotiating Collective Memories and Social Experiences

Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce

in Rebuilding the Ancestral Village

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028818
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207332 | DOI:
Negotiating Collective Memories and Social Experiences

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This chapter examines how the Singapore Chinese remember their ancestral village and how their collective memories and early social experiences have played a large role in their way of looking at village life today, thereby influencing their participation in village development. It also argues that the same set of passed-on collective memories also serve to discourage their Singapore-born descendants from visiting the villages, resulting in an inter-generational tension between the China-born and the Singapore-born Chinese. This is also the case between the Singapore Anxi Chinese and their village kin.

Keywords: Singapore Chinese; ancestral village; collective memories; social experiences; village development; Singapore Anxi Chinese

Chapter.  13026 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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