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Title: 异乡的祖神与祖先 : 新加坡乡村的宗族实践 (1890—1965) = GODS AND ANCESTORS IN A FOREIGN LAND: PRACTICING LINEAGE IN RURAL SINGAPORE (1890-1965)
Authors: 林若
Keywords: Chinese Lineage, Clan Organization,Ancestral Temple, Ancestor Gods, Rural Communities , Local Leaders
Issue Date: 21-Aug-2018
Citation: 林若, LIN RUO (2018-08-21). 异乡的祖神与祖先 : 新加坡乡村的宗族实践 (1890—1965) = GODS AND ANCESTORS IN A FOREIGN LAND: PRACTICING LINEAGE IN RURAL SINGAPORE (1890-1965). ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper attempts to examine the roles and functions that lineages play in the historical process of structuring and constructing the Singapore’s rural Chinese communities. The paper looks at three clans—Ann, Ong and Toh groups ——of their lineage practices in the overseas settlement Yio Chu Kang. The dwelling pattern and self-government strategies of Yio Chu Kang Chinese communities show the persistent influences of lineage principles from the homeland. By converging the religious and ancestry identities into temple spaces, Ann, Ong and Toh rebuilt their clan-based community boundaries, which were central in the management of village’s affairs, the social activities of surname headmen, and interactions with the government. This paper argues that the lineage is more than just a kindship organization. It has played important role in the development of Chinese communities in rural Singapore, and provides us with a ground-up perspective to analyze the history of Overseas Chinese.
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