Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2004.07.011
Title: Reading representations of women's war experiences in the Changi Chapel and Museum, Singapore
Authors: Muzaini, H.
Yeoh, B.S.A. 
Keywords: Changi Chapel and Museum
Memoryscapes
Nation-building
Representations
Women
World war II
Issue Date: 2005
Source: Muzaini, H., Yeoh, B.S.A. (2005). Reading representations of women's war experiences in the Changi Chapel and Museum, Singapore. Geoforum 36 (4) : 465-476. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2004.07.011
Abstract: In this paper, we highlight the way Singapore commemorates its involvement during the Second World War. After briefly tracing the genesis of war commemoration within the nation, we turn to one specific problematic - the gendered portrayals of the war within a particular war memorial in Singapore, the Changi Chapel and Museum. Through a reading of landscape texts, interviews with key figures, visitors and other ethnographic data, we explore the specific ways in which women have either been omitted or stereotypically represented within the site. We proceed to provide possible reasons for this, arguing how the male-centric focus of the site may be due to the perpetuation of hegemonic ideals of war as being a traditionally "male" terrain, and the fact that "silence" is often part of women's approach to their war experiences. We also argue that gendered portrayals of the war within the site is also an unconscious product of the patriarchal nature of the Singapore state and nation-building endeavours that have placed limits on a more substantial inclusion of women's stories vis-à-vis the men's. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Geoforum
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/19820
ISSN: 00167185
DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2004.07.011
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