Rebuilding the Ancestral Village

Singaporeans in China

Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce

Rebuilding the Ancestral Village

Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

320 pages | 19 color illus.; 3 figures; 3 maps and 5 tables | 6 x 9
Paperback $25.00 ISBN: 9789888028818 Published December 2010 AAUKEU - ALL AMERICAS & UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE
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 villagers in the ancestral home utilize various strategies to encourage the Singaporeans to revisit their ancestral village, sustain heritage ties, and help enhance the moral economy. This ethnographic study examines two geographically distinct groups of Chinese coming together to re-establish their lineage and identity through cultural and economic activities.
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