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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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The Kitchen

The Kitchen

Invariably Offstage

(p.59) 4 The Kitchen
Eating Her Curries and Kway

Nicole Tarulevicz

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at the marginalized Singaporean kitchen. Although they think hard about where and what they eat, very few Singaporeans spend time thinking about where their food is prepared. The chapter thus considers the physical space of the kitchen, with reference to domestic architectural sources, and the sociological meaning of the kitchen in the colonial and the post-independence periods. Because of the intimate association between the state and housing, Singaporean kitchens provide a unique insight into the way in which food preparation is conceptualized by the state. Moreover, discussions of kitchens and their relationship to Singaporean society requires a different understanding of the categories of gender and domesticity.

Keywords:   Singaporean kitchen, housing, food preparation, Singaporean society, gender, domesticity

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