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Colony, Nation, and GlobalisationNot at Home in Singaporean and Malaysian Literature$
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Eddie Tay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028740

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028740.001.0001

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Writing Back Home: Tash Aw's The Harmony Silk Factory, Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue, and Lau Siew Mei's Playing Madame Mao

Writing Back Home: Tash Aw's The Harmony Silk Factory, Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue, and Lau Siew Mei's Playing Madame Mao

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(p.133) 9 Writing Back Home: Tash Aw's The Harmony Silk Factory, Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue, and Lau Siew Mei's Playing Madame Mao
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Colony, Nation, and Globalisation
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Eddie Tay

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028740.003.0010

This chapter examines how a reworking of cultural memory may provide a way out of the commodification of subjectivities caused by globalization. It analyzes Tash Aw's The Harmony Silk Factory, Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue, and Lau Siew Mei's Playing Madame Mao. It argues that there is transactional and transnational representation at work in Anglophone work by Singapore and Malaysian-born authors who are based in the two countries.

Keywords:   cultural memory, commodification, subjectivities, globalization, Tash Aw, The Harmony Silk Factory, Vyvyane Loh, Breaking the Tongue, Lau Siew Mei, Playing Madame Mao

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