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Chinese Street Opera in Singapore
Author: Tong Soon Lee

ISBN: 9780252032462
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 27 November 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 53.4
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Since Singapore declared independence from Malaysia in 1965, Chinese street opera has played a significant role in defining Singaporean identity. In carefully tracing the history of amateur and professional performances in Singapore, Tong Soon Lee reflects on their role in fostering cultural nationalism and entrepreneurship. He explains that the government welcomes Chinese street opera performance because they combine tradition and modernism and promote a national culture that brings together Singapore’s four main ethnic groups--Eurasian, Malay, Chinese, and South Asian.

 

In performing Chinese street opera, amateur troupes preserve their rich heritage by underscoring the Confucian mind-set that a learned person engages in the arts for moral and unselfish purposes. Educated performers also control behavior, emotions, and values. They are creative an...

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