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Rebuilding the Ancestral Village: Singaporeans in China

Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce


This work illustrates the relationship between one group of Singaporean Chinese and their ancestral village in Fujian, China. It explores the reasons why the Singaporean Chinese continue to maintain ties with their ancestral village and how they reproduce Chinese culture through ancestor worship and religion in the ancestral village. In some cases, the Singaporeans feel morally obliged to assist in village reconstruction and infrastructure developments such as new roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals. Others help with small-scale industrial and retail activities. Meanwhile, officials and vil ... More

Keywords: Singaporean Chinese, ancestral village, ancestor worship, religion, morally obliged, heritage ties, moral economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789888028818
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce, author