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Book Review: Pastimes - A Social History of Singapore
are looking to explore the early years of
post-independence Singapore, there's no need to
search high and low. Just read Pastimes - A Social
History of Singapore. As you pore through the more
than 150 photographs from Singapore's National
Heritage Board and unpublished collections, you will
find yourself arriving in the past itself.
what the book does to you. It lets you partake in
the events and happenings of Singapore's past from
that distant vantage point - your own room (if you
happen to be reading it there).
contributors writing through 11 chapters in the book
present a myriad of personal experiences that
uniquely identifies the different communities that
make up multi-racial and multi-cultural Singapore.
Along the way, you reminisce the little thrills that
excited you in your early years as a child (if you
were born in that formative period) - such as
savouring a bird's nest drink at the mobile stall,
biting into a sugarcane stem bought from a sugarcane
seller, and eating satay at the Satay Club in Beach
264-page book begins in the Singapore of the 1950s
and 1960s - a time of political upheaval, social
dislocation and ethnic strife. Learn how women made
their voices heard in the 1950s. Find out how they
prepared the charcoal iron (now replaced by electric
iron) for ironing clothes. Discover how the
Singapore Family Planning Association (SFPA) tackled
the post-war baby boom. Marvel at how families
stored cold or left-over food before refrigerators
became common in Singapore.
you open your eyes into such insights, cherish what
you have in Singapore now.
Review by Raymond Han ISBN 981 204 916 9 Published
2003 by Times Media Pte Ltd E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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