Multiculturalism, Migration, and the Politics of Identity in Singapore

  • Kwen Fee Lian

Part of the Asia in Transition book series (AT, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Kwen Fee Lian
    Pages 1-10
  3. Christopher N. SelvaRaj
    Pages 55-73
  4. Anil Sona Singh
    Pages 75-98
  5. Kwen Fee Lian, Narayanan Ganapathy
    Pages 99-112
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-158

About this book


This edited volume focuses on how multiculturalism, as statecraft, has had both intended and unintended consequences on Singapore’s various ethnic communities. The contributing authors address and update contemporary issues and developments in the practice of multiculturalism in Singapore by interfacing the practice of multiculturalism over two critical periods, the colonial and the global. The coverage of the first period examines the colonial origins and conception of multiculturalism and the post-colonial application of multiculturalism as a project of the nation and its consequences for the Tamil Muslim, Ceylon-Tamil, and Malay communities. The content on the second period addresses immigration in the context of globalization with the arrival of new immigrants from South and East Asia, who pose a challenge to the concept and practice of multiculturalism in Singapore. For both periods, the contributors examine how the old migrants have attempted to come to terms with living in a multicultural society that has been constructed in the image of the state, and how the new migrants will reshape that society in the course of their ongoing politics of identity.


Decolonization of Multicultural Politics Indian ‘Expat’ Professionals in Singapore Malay Identity in Singapore Migration in Singapore Multiculturalism in Singapore Origins of Multicultural Politics PRC Student Migrants in Singapore Politics of Identity in Singapore Politics of Racialization in Singapore Postcolonial Predicament of Ceylon Tamils in Singapore Tamil Muslim Dilemma in Singapore

Editors and affiliations

  • Kwen Fee Lian
    • 1
  1. 1.Universiti Brunei DarussalamInstitute of Asian StudiesJalan Tungku Link, GadongBrunei Darussalam

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-287-675-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-287-676-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-8252
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-8260
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