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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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More Than Just Food

More Than Just Food

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(p.160) Conclusion More Than Just Food
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Eating Her Curries and Kway
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Nicole Tarulevicz

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038099.003.0010

This concluding chapter examines the role of nostalgia in food culture. Singapore has experienced incredible growth and has emerged as a global city. In an attempt to avoid the resulting sterility, the Singaporean state seeks to capitalize on the people's growing nostalgia. Nostalgia, always a problematic concept in new states, is being negotiated by a direct engagement with food culture. As such, the state—in conjunction with private interests and the public—is actively promoting food nostalgia as cosmopolitanism. But there is also a risk, one that this book seeks to avoid, of creating an image of Singapore defined only by its food.

Keywords:   nostalgia, food culture, Singapore, Singaporean state, food nostalgia, cosmopolitanism

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