Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2012

Abstract

This paper focuses on the pivotal role played by the state in refashioning the Chinatown landscape as part of both nation-building and heritage tourism projects, and the ensuing cultural politics. After a brief history of the creation of Singapore’s Chinatown, the paper discusses, first, Chinatown’s place in Singapore’s post-independence nation-building project and, second, the reconfiguration of the Chinatown landscape as a tourism asset. The final section reflects on the changing politics of place as Chinatown gains legitimacy in state discourses on heritage, tourism and multiculturalism, as well as in the popular imagination as an ethnic precinct par excellence.

Keywords

Ethnic Enclave, Historic District, Politics of Place, Nation-Building, Heritage Tourism, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Human Geography | Urban Studies

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Localities

Volume

2

First Page

117

Last Page

159

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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