Publication Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date

6-2016

Abstract

Against the backdrop of world religious violence, Singapore is as a beacon of inter-ethnic harmony: A 2015 poll, carried out in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, returned the unanimous verdict that it was Singapore that had made the most social progress among the four Chinese ethnic Chinese societies. In 2014, the Pew Research Center ranked Singapore at the top of their Religious Diversity Index. The nation's bilingual policy is critical to the integration of the multi-racial communities of Singapore. This position is highlighted in a discussion of how, in the early years after independence in 1965, the Singapore government had fought Chinese language chauvinists to establish English, "the language of the colonizer," as lingua franca.\302\240 The Singapore story is staged on the platform of the theatre of Singapore playwright Kuo Pao Kun, here presented as a "revolutionary warrior" in the mould of Lu Xun of China's New Culture Movement.

Keywords

Singapore, Nationalism, Language, Ethnicity, Lu Xun, Kuo Pao Kun, Wild Grass

Discipline

Asian Studies | English Language and Literature | Linguistics

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

The Asian Conference on Asian Studies 2016 ACAS2016

City or Country

Kobe

Copyright Owner and License

Margaret Chan

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