By Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
What function does race, geography, faith, orthography and nationalism play within the crafting of identities? What are the origins of Singlish? This ebook deals an intensive research of previous and new identities in Asia's such a lot international urban, tested in the course of the lens of language.
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Extra resources for A Sociolinguistic History of Early Identities in Singapore: From Colonialism to Nationalism
We think no more of sleeping – we turn and twist in bed We hate Celestials with a deadly hate. We wish that every Chinaman were hanged and drawn and dead, Then morning – and the sound and stink abate. ” Everything is seen from the racial lens and his description is reminiscent of a biologist who has recently discovered a new species. One chapter may suffice as a typical example. In the description of the “Chinese Towkay” (Chinese businessman), Robson has this to say: “wonderful adaptability”, “thoroughly conversant with European thought and ideas; he can speak Chinese, but finds it easier to think in Malay and, if he can write, it is as likely as not to be in English, and very good handwriting too”, “wears big diamond ring”, “his nail grows to an inch or more – especially at the little finger” (Robson, 1894: 18).
I live in Singapore. I have 32 A Sociolinguistic History of Early Identities in Singapore been in Singapore for a year. Before that, I lived in India. (Milne, 1933: 29) Sketches of the local people abound in prescribed English textbooks. In the teaching of reading comprehension, various races are denoted by obvious “ethnic” names such as Awang, Kim Seng and Muthusamy. Very typically, Awang the schoolboy: ... likes drawing, handwork and reading ... teacher says he talks too much ... evening he plays badminton and football ...
7). ” So too Charles Allen (1983: 62) writing on social life and customs in Southeast Asia, described the rather neat correlation of race and occupation in the 1930s as follows: Facing us in serried ranks were our subordinate staff; Indian and Chinese account clerks who knew much more about the work than I did and upon whom I was very dependent ... These clerks were known as keranis – an Indian word that denotes clerk – and the office boys were generally Malays and were known as peons. The attention to segregation rather than integration was also seen in the arena of sports where sporting identities were strongly aligned with racial ones, for example, separate playing fields in different parts of of the city were designated for Indians, Ceylonese and Malay Sports Clubs (Conceicao, 2004).
A Sociolinguistic History of Early Identities in Singapore: From Colonialism to Nationalism by Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew