Located in the heart of Nanyang, Singapore and Malaya/Malaysia are well-known sites of vibrant Chinese cultural production. After World War II, alongside literature written by intellectuals, other cultural forms with wider appeal have enriched the everyday lives of Chinese in Singapore and Malaya/Malaysia. From mass publishing, to theatre, to radio broadcast, to film and television, the less-studied mix of old and new media technologies were entangled with complex commercial and ideological concerns. Playing host to a dynamic ensemble of media ecologies enlivened by multiple languages and Chinese topolects, Singapore and Malaya/Malaysia jointly offer a special site to reconsider what it means for culture to have been – or have become – “popular” from 1945 to the 1970s, when “Nanyang” struggled as the most suitable geographical term to frame what later became known as “Southeast Asia”. Featuring international scholars and local experts, this bilingual conference aims to reclaim the significance of diasporic and local Chinese popular culture for both social memory and scholarly research.
An international conference co-organised by the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore, and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.
For more details, refer to Conference Programme and Abstract.
Day 1 Peatix: https://sccc-ic-11nov23.peatix.com
Day 2 Peatix: https://sccc-ic-12nov23.peatix.com
Advisory: No age limit.
Nov 11, 2023 - Nov 12, 2023
Start Time: 9am
End Time: 6.30pm
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
No intermission. Tea breaks available.
SCCC Recital Studio, Level 6
Presentation is in a mix of English and Mandarin, refer to conference proceedings for detailed information.
Free (pre-registration required)