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dc.titleIsland Renaissance: ‘Heritage From Below’ & the Guardianship of Pulau Semakau’s Narratives
dc.contributor.authorShawn Wongosari
dc.identifier.citationShawn Wongosari (2023-08). Island Renaissance: ‘Heritage From Below’ & the Guardianship of Pulau Semakau’s Narratives : 1-138. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.description.abstractPulau Semakau, an island landfill-turned-eco-park in Singapore, symbolizes the nation's sustainable development efforts. Over the years, the island has garnered recognition from both the local and global media as a paragon of Singapore's sustainable development efforts. However, while emphasizing the landfill's successes dominates official government sources and the mental geographies of Singaporeans, sidelined are the stories that have been associated with the former inhabitants of the island. Although this statement is not to say that the landfill's achievements are unwelcome, solely emphasizing them poses a problem: the historico-cultural heritage of its original inhabitants, the orang laut people and other island residents, are at risk of becoming forgotten by many Singaporeans today. This research project aims to uncover the lost heritage and critically analyze the politics of heritage-making. By examining the power dynamics between narratives of the landfill's success, broader societal views of the orang laut, and the stories told by emerging heritage gatekeeping groups like Orang Laut SG, this study challenges the dominant Semakau narrative while highlighting the desire for bottom-up autonomy in heritage construction. As a contribution to the field of Critical Heritage Studies, this paper examines this contestation through the theoretical lens of 'Authorized Heritage Discourse' and 'Heritage From Below.'
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUndergraduate Research Library Fellowship; 2022
dc.subjectAuthorized Heritage Discourse
dc.subjectCritical Heritage Studies
dc.subjectHeritage From Below
dc.subjectHistorico-Cultural Heritage
dc.subjectNatural Heritage
dc.subjectOral History
dc.subjectPulau Semakau
dc.subjectPulau Seking
dc.typeStudent Works
dc.contributor.departmentNUS LIBRARIES
dc.contributor.supervisorHamzah Muzaini
dc.description.seriesUndergraduate Research Library Fellowship
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