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C. J. W.-L. Wee

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098596

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098596.001.0001

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Staging Cultural Fragments, the Singaporean Eunuch and the Asian Lear

Staging Cultural Fragments, the Singaporean Eunuch and the Asian Lear

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The Asian Modern

C. J. W.-L. Wee

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses how Singaporean theatre has dealt with the gap between the older utopia of autonomous creation that cultural and artistic modernism stood for and the reality of suppression of the symbolic realm in the city-state. During the 1980s, the theatre was the most dynamic contemporary art that had emerged. Against the virtual impossibility of creating a new and different order, the late playwright and intellectual Kuo Pao Kun and the intercultural director Ong Ken Sen toiled to extend cultural memory against the threat of a culturally fragmenting economic development through envisioning a fractured Singapore-Asian humanism that challenged the state's version of Asia. These two Asian theatre practitioners attempted a counter-reterritorialization and re-imagining of the entity of Asia together with the city-state's place within it.

Keywords:   theatre, cultural modernism, artistic modernism, Kuo Pao Kun, Ong Ken Sen, Singapore-Asian humanism, Asia, counter-reterritorialization

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