By Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
What position does race, geography, faith, orthography and nationalism play within the crafting of identities? What are the origins of Singlish? This booklet deals a radical research of previous and new identities in Asia's such a lot international urban, tested during the lens of language.
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Each ethnic arena had its own unique restaurants, shops and ethnic items of purchase and street names in various parts of the city. Singapore street names may also reveal the names of their racial and/or religious inhabitants, such as, Parsi Road, Chettiar Street, Chulia Street, Hindu Road, Arab Street, Armenian Street, Zion Road, Bali Lane, Irawaddy Road, Mandalay Street, Bencoolen Street and Bugis Street. The motivation for ethnic-racial identification was so strong that within each racial category were further subdivisions based on the geography of regional origin and language (cf.
Concluding remarks This study challenges the tendency to commonly portray Singapore as a composition of separate ethnic groups, each with their own cultural orientations and one where insiders rarely interacted socially with outsiders. S. Furnivall (1956), which has attained a prominent place in theoretical models and many social scientists such as Smith (1960); Leon and Leon (1977); Coppel (1997); Lee (2009) and Hefner (2001) have not only developed it further but also placed it on reading courses in Southeast Asian studies for more than fifty years.
Roff, 1967). Hence, the British helped create a divided Malay identity, as seen in the ideological split in present-day Malaysia between the urban versus rural Malay, the English-educated versus the Malay-educated, and the conservative versus the liberal. It must be noted that English education was only available to a minority of the Malay population. From the onset, there was always a fear that if too many natives spoke it as well as the British, they might become just as educated and would probably challenge European rule – particularly, the race-based exclusions which prevented them from rising to higher levels of power within the colonial state machinery.
A Sociolinguistic History of Early Identities in Singapore: From Colonialism to Nationalism by Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew