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Chinese Lineage as a Cultural Network

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028818.003.0009
Chinese Lineage as a Cultural Network

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This chapter presents a theoretical conceptualization of the Chinese lineage. It suggests that the contemporary operation of the Ke lineage is not an aberration but is similar to that of other lineages in Singapore and Southeast Asia, where there continue to be strong ties with ancestral villages. This operation requires a reconceptualization of the Chinese lineage as a cultural network in contemporary society.

Keywords: Chinese lineage; Ke lineage; lineages; Singapore; Southeast Asia; ancestral villages; cultural network

Chapter.  9340 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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