This article examines the management of Chinese identity and culture since Singapore attained independence in 1965. Due to the delicate regional environment, ethnic Chinese identity has been closely managed by the ruling elites, which have been dominated by the English-educated Chinese. There is the evolution from a deliberate policy of maintaining a low-key ethnic Chinese profile to the recent effort to re-sinicize--in form--the majority ethnic group. The article examines the policy impulses and implications for such a landmark change in reconceptualizing the Chinese-Singapore identity, which can be attributed to the needs of regime maintenance buttressed by Confucian ethos as well as the security and economic demands of nation-building.
Asian Studies | Law and Politics | Law and Race | Race and Ethnicity
Law, Society and Governance
Cambridge University Press
TAN, Eugene K. B..
Re-Engaging Chineseness: Political, Economic and Cultural Imperatives of Nation-Building in Singapore. (2003). China Quarterly. 175, 751-774. Research Collection School Of Law.
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