This book examines the socioeconomic effects of English literacy among the Chinese of Singapore between 1945 and 2000. Through the use of oral history, it demonstrates how English literacy as a life chance has played a key role in shaping the class structures that exist among the Chinese in Singapore today. Taking on the perspective of ordinary Chinese Singaporeans, this book bridges a considerable gap in the existing literature by providing a historical account that surveys the experiences of everyday life in Singapore through reminiscences provided by the citizenry. In doing so, it presents an account that more accurately reflects the nation’s nuanced past through defining eras in Singapore’s post-war history.
|Place of Publication||United States|
|Number of pages||296|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Mar 2010|