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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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Two Singaporeans in America: Hwee Hwee Tan's Mammon Inc. and Simon Tay's Alien Asian

Two Singaporeans in America: Hwee Hwee Tan's Mammon Inc. and Simon Tay's Alien Asian

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(p.121) 8 Two Singaporeans in America: Hwee Hwee Tan's Mammon Inc. and Simon Tay's Alien Asian
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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/9789888028740.003.0009

This chapter examines representations of America and Singapore in Singaporean writers Hwee Hwee Tan's Mammon Inc. and Simon Tay's Alien Asian. It argues that in so far as globalization fosters a subjectivity predicated on a dense network of interdependencies and connections with different localities, it also commodifies these subjectivities. It suggests that the message of the authors' works is that any claims to a subjectivity that is based on the notion that one can be at home anywhere in the world would have to take into consideration how identities are commodified.

Keywords:   Singapore, America, Hwee Hwee Tan, Mammon Inc, Simon Tay, Alien Asian, globalization, subjectivities

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