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Book Review: Pastimes - A Social History of Singapore

If you 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 As you pore through the more than 150 photographs from Singapore's National Heritage Board and unpublished collections, you will find yourself arriving in the past itself.

That's 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).

Thirteen 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 Road.  

The 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.

And as you open your eyes into such insights, cherish what you have in Singapore now.

A Book Review by Raymond Han ISBN 981 204 916 9 Published 2003 by Times Media Pte Ltd E-mail: te@tpl.com.sg  Online bookstore: www.timesone.com.sg/te 

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