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Eating Her Curries and KwayA Cultural History of Food in Singapore$
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Nicole Tarulevicz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038099

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038099.001.0001

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A Brief History of Singapore

A Brief History of Singapore

(p.10) 1 A Brief History of Singapore
Eating Her Curries and Kway

Nicole Tarulevicz

University of Illinois Press

This chapter provides an account of Singapore's recent history, interwoven with key culinary and gastronomic developments. The conventional periodization of Singapore's history into the pre-colonial, Japanese occupation, merger, and independence eras highlights some of the forces that have shaped the nation, but it also privileges state actors. From the early colonial period onward, the ordering of space and place has been a priority that has been demonstrated at the bureaucratic, regulatory, and physical levels. In the past 200 years, Singapore has been radically remade; technological innovation has been one of the mechanisms by which order is achieved. Indeed, Singapore's engagement with the global economy—be that the economy of the British Empire or of the twenty-first-century world of food security fears—has been relentless, and food has been central to the process.

Keywords:   Singaporean history, state actors, colonial period, technological innovation, British Empire, food security

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