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Rebuilding the Ancestral Village

Publisher: NUS Press
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  • About the Author
  • Rebuilding the Ancestral Village examines the relationship between one group of Singaporean Chinese and their ancestral village in Fujian, China. The author explores the reasons why the Singaporean Chinese continue to maintain ties with their ancestral village and how they use ancestor worship and religion in the ancestral village to reproduce traditional Chinese culture.

    Some Singaporeans report feeling morally obliged to assist in village reconstruction and to support infrastructure developments such as new roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. Others have helped with small scale industrial and retail activities. For their part, officials and villagers in the ancestral home have utilized various strategies to encourage the Singaporeans to revisit their ancestral village, sustain heritage ties, and help enhance the moral economy. This ethnographic study examines how two geographically distinct groups of Chinese have come together to re-establish their lineage and identity through cultural and economic activities.

  • Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Honorary Academic Director of the Centre for Anthropological Research at the University of Hong Kong.

ISBN: 9789971695255
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 256
Year Published: 2011
Size: 229mm x 153mm