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Title: UNRAVELING THE NARRATIVE OF THE PERANAKAN NOSTALGIA IN JOO CHIAT
Authors: HENG CHING LIN
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master
Wong Yunn Chii
2012/2013 Aki DT
Arch
Issue Date: 29-Sep-2014
Citation: HENG CHING LIN (2014-09-29). UNRAVELING THE NARRATIVE OF THE PERANAKAN NOSTALGIA IN JOO CHIAT. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Joo Chiat is a strip of heritage landscape that has been conserved since 1991, and been awarded Singapore’s first Heritage Town Award in 2011. Yet, it is also a commercial corridor between two sub-regional centres in the East Coast of Singapore. This contrast between being in the past and also being present, by staying relevant, is a disjointed characteristic that makes this particular area stand out in the Marine Parade district. With the low built landscape, Joo Chiat/ Katong stands out visually from the rest of Marine Parade. The visual contrast is amplified at the street level by the restored shophouse facades. The heritage of these shophouses stem from the Straits Chinese (Peranakan) ethnicity, yet activities housed in this commercial belt, range from the cosmopolitan, to trades from Malay and Indian ethnicities. Referred to nostalgically as a Peranakan enclave, yet presents in reality, a melting pot culture conveys an unresolved kink in the heritage narrative. This dissertation aims to investigate into this narrative that involves the state, which uses nostalgia as a tool, to project the Peranakan culture as the main assimilated heritage of Joo Chiat. In this, identifying the different players, and components, that play a part in the orchestration of this narrative, and tracing out their roles, in a recounting sequence. This will build up to a final reevaluation of what the narrative of heritage truly implies for the recognition of a Singaporean identity.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/223492
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