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Title: 星洲留声:新加坡中文唱片业初探 (1900-1940) = EXPLORING THE CHINESE GRAMOPHONE COMMODITIES OF SINGAPORE (1900-1940)
Authors: 吴松蔚
GOH SONG WEI
Keywords: 留声机
唱片
中文唱片
唱片业
中文唱片业
新加坡
1900-1940
现代性
海外华人
出版文化
物质文化
Issue Date: 11-Apr-2019
Citation: 吴松蔚, GOH SONG WEI (2019-04-11). 星洲留声:新加坡中文唱片业初探 (1900-1940) = EXPLORING THE CHINESE GRAMOPHONE COMMODITIES OF SINGAPORE (1900-1940). ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: At the turn of the twentieth century, the Chinese gramophone records and commodities arrived onshore Singapore, bringing about a series of unprecedented “sensational experiences” to Chinese Singaporeans. The acoustic experiences of Chinese Singaporeans are no longer restricted by “temporal” and “spatial” constraints, causing tremendous change in their habits and patterns of listening to music. At the same time, the circulation network of the Chinese gramophone records, and their interactions between the different entertainment forms, such as movies and dance halls, engender a new sense of “urban modernity” in the Singaporean Chinese society. The study of history and literature has been inclined towards “texts” and “reading”, and research focus has seldom been placed on “sound” and “listening”. However, with the high illiteracy rate in the Singaporean society during the early days, “sound” and acoustic experiences could perhaps better reflect the social and cultural life of the Chinese Singaporeans. Therefore, this paper aims to reconstruct the gramophones and Chinese records industry in the Singaporean Chinese society from 1900 to 1940, and examines how the Chinese gramophone records and commodities engender a new sense of “modernity” in the social and cultural life of the Chinese Singaporeans.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/155257
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