Academic journal article Transnational Literature

Singaporean Poetry: An Introduction

Academic journal article Transnational Literature

Singaporean Poetry: An Introduction

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For all its urban gloss and ostensible multiculturalism, Singapore has not only managed to preserve much of its fundamental draconic conservatism - this aspect of our society seems to be harmonising quite nicely with a general hue of political conservatism deepening across the globe. Maybe this is the result of feng shui; our late, founding Prime Minister had been rumoured to consult fortune tellers in order to militate against us failing to succeed as a world-class nation state. Since the caning of Michael Fay, an American citizen, for theft and vandalism in 1994, to the vehement prosecution of teenage blogger, Amos Yee, on charges of hate speech (he was later granted asylum in the States in 2017), Singapore has remained more or less the same country - full of repressive bite, but supported by a populace largely pragmatic about maintaining the status quo (while venting online about the minutiae of train-breakdowns, ministerial gaffes and skyrocketing costs of living). …

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