Multiculturalism through the Lens: A Guide to Ethnic and Migrant Anxieties in Singapore

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by Catherine Gomes

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This book weaves together critical studies of Singaporean films, compelling personal reflections, and analysis of the contemporary socio-political discourse. It probes into issues that arise from the dilemma of globalization and transnational migration in cosmopolitan Singapore and examines the angst of contemporary Singaporeans against the prevailing political order beyond the veneer of multiculturalism and government-sanctioned displays of social cohesion, inclusion, and harmony.

Through analyses of Singaporean films, Catherine Gomes writes about Singaporean anxieties concerning race, ethnicity, and identity construction. She writes honestly of dealing with being Eurasian, the ‘Other’ in Singapore, where ethnicity becomes a defining label. Her book is a great read while dealing with important issues of labour migration and ethnicity. This book will prove engaging to all Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans.

About the Author

Catherine Gomes is a Senior Research Fellow and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne. She has written on transient migration, identity ethnicity, memory and gender in Singapore and Australia as well as in Asian cinema.

Other related title(s): 

Saudade: The Culture and Security of Eurasian Communities in Southeast Asia by Antonio L Rappa 

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ISBN: 978-981-09-4333-2
Published: Feb 2015
Dimension: 210mm x 145mm
Extent: 226
Finish: Paperback

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