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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

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

Nicole Tarulevicz

University of Illinois Press

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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