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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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Public Spaces, Public Bodies

Public Spaces, Public Bodies

(p.39) 3 Public Spaces, Public Bodies
Eating Her Curries and Kway

Nicole Tarulevicz

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines contemporary policies about the regulation of public space and food hygiene against the backdrop of colonial policy and anxieties. The regulation of public space, the demands of public hygiene, and the regulation of food provision, while necessary and practical, also speak to a desire to regulate the national body and specific bodies. With more Singaporeans, regardless of class, eating meals outside the home than inside it, these public foodscapes form a vital part of life. By design, and through infusing those public foodscapes with national and personal identity, the places for eating and the cuisine eaten change into representations of the nation, turning the table into the site of nation making.

Keywords:   public space, food hygiene, colonial policy, public hygiene, food provision, national body, public foodscapes, nation making

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