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Title: 狮城正对岸 BERHADAPAN SINGAPURA THE CHINESE INDIVIDUAL’S GAZE (BACK) AT JOHOR FROM SINGAPORE
Authors: YEO TZE YANG
Keywords: Chinese
Malay
racial tensions
Johor
Malaysia
Singapore
race
nationhood
modernity
economic development
nation-state
Issue Date: 17-Apr-2019
Citation: YEO TZE YANG (2019-04-17). 狮城正对岸 BERHADAPAN SINGAPURA THE CHINESE INDIVIDUAL’S GAZE (BACK) AT JOHOR FROM SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis reflects upon how Chinese individuals who have migrated from Johor (Malaysia) and are residing in Singapore think about Johor, both as a place of their past and as a foreign country. Through the writer’s own observations and lengthy conversations with family and friends in both Johor and Singapore, these individuals share their personal opinions and life stories in these two places. These include recounts of childhood stories, day trips to Johor for recreation, and purchasing and living in new properties there. With little prompting, issues of Chinese-Malay racial tensions, the 13 May 1969 Incident, and new foreign developments from China in Johor like Forest City are raised. Often, Singapore and Malaysia are conceptually placed on opposite ends of dichotomies of race and economic development. I shall show how these individuals remember and imagine the past, think about the present, and thereby have come to imagine Singapore as a safe and first-world haven for the Chinese and perceive Johor as the third-world Malay Other. The age-old idea of the alien Chinese in a hostile Malay World persists to this day and intertwine with the contemporary nation-state and the rise of new Chinese capitalism in the region. However, thoughts and feelings expressed tend to be vaguer, and are abound with ambivalence, contradictions, longing and nostalgia. What arises then is an alternative perspective to the omnipresent political issues of race, nationhood, modernity and economic development that continue to haunt these two nation-states.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/156269
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