By Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
'Pulau Panjan', 'Po Luo Chung', 'Pulau Ujong', 'Lung –ya-men', 'Temasek', 'Singapura' are all former names of Singapore and belie its colourful historical past because the El-Dorado and nexus of Southeast Asia. Who have been Singapore's earlier multilingual population? What have been the pidgins, creoles and languages that thronged its industry locations and created its forgotten identities? How did polyglot migrants stuck within the throes of an prior globalization manage their respective identities? What hybrid identities arose from such cross-cultural interactions? This booklet offers a desirable heritage of early identities in Singapore as tested in the course of the retrospective lens of language. a protracted view has been selected for its virtue in delivering unforeseen socio-political and linguistic insights into the longer term results of switch and continuity.
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In brief, Singapore affords us a wonderful opportunity to study changing identities in a shorter period of historical time than would normally suffice. Singapore: sociolinguistic paradise Like Guatemala, which, after five centuries of Spanish influence, had to choose between 23 distinct languages, Singapore affords us the perfect babel in which we may study multicultural, multi-religious, and multilingual identities (Vanden and Prevost, 2002). ” Such ports are natural havens for the examination of racial, regional, religious, orthographical, hybrid, inter-generational and national identities.
Singapore is the microcosm of what has happened to the rest of the world – it cannot change policies but is a mirror of what is taking Introduction 13 place outside ... 2004: H6). In brief, Singapore affords us a wonderful opportunity to study changing identities in a shorter period of historical time than would normally suffice. Singapore: sociolinguistic paradise Like Guatemala, which, after five centuries of Spanish influence, had to choose between 23 distinct languages, Singapore affords us the perfect babel in which we may study multicultural, multi-religious, and multilingual identities (Vanden and Prevost, 2002).
However, unlike other contemporary accounts of his time, he favored the environmental rather than the genetic explanation for this characterization. In brief, it was the unquestioned norm to place the European at the top of the social hierarchy as one gifted with a scientific and enlightened gaze while the colonized races on the other hand, Racial Identities: Plurality in the Making 25 were assigned negative and passive postures. Through these printed vignettes in the media, the colonized were made to understand their racial identities in a hierarchical and well-ordered society.
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