The connected histories of Darwin and Singapore, 1860s–1930s
So sure as tomorrow follows to-day this
magnificent harbour will be the Singapore of Australia. 1 (Alfred Searcy,
the Sub-collector of Customs, predicts a bright future for
Darwin in 1912)
A comparison of colonialism and
domestic service in the bustling
Engineering the human soul in 1950s
Indonesia and Singapore
In 1951 the Chinese artist Luo Gongliu painted Mao Zedong Making a Report
on the Rectification in Yan’an for the newly established Museum of the Chinese
Revolution.1 The artwork shows the Great Helmsman of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) speaking to an attentive crowd of the CCP cadres from
a rostrum on a dais located on the left side of the painting. The venue for the
occasion is presumably the Lu Xun Academy of Literature and Art in Yan’an.
Behind Mao are hung two large portraits, one of
Following on from rituals performed at a privately owned tang-ki temple in Chapter 4 , the ethnographic focus now moves to two linked public temples integrated into a new ‘united temple’ complex. After detailing a form of temple networking unique to Singapore, and in the context of the recently expanding Underworld pantheon, I reproduce a discussion with the case-study temple’s tang-ki concerning the new Underworld God of Wealth, Bao Bei Ya. The analysis of the discussion draws on parallels made by Tua Ya Pek, comparing Bao Bei Ya
Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. In 2019, Trump and Kim met again in Hanoi, and with ROK President Moon Jae-in at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), but these summits and meetings have not resulted in significant, concrete changes to the situation on the Korean peninsula. Moon met with Kim three times in 2018, resulting in increased inter-Korean cooperation including in the areas of sport, management of the DMZ, and transport. In 2019, Seoul channelled US$10 million in funding for humanitarian aid through UN bodies, including US$5.5 million to the World Food
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across Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore ( Koplitz et al. , 2016 ). The excess all-cause mortality
due to short-term exposure to particulate matter (PM2.5) polluting the air was
estimated at 11,880 deaths (95 per cent CI, 6,153–17,270) ( Crippa et al. , 2016 ).
Local NGOs and multilateral agencies based in Indonesia responding to people
suffering the choking haze had little knowledge, understanding or guidance of how to
reduce the impact for the community in need.
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This study investigates contemporary Chinese Underworld traditions in Singapore and Malaysia, where the veneration of Hell deities is particularly popular. Highlighting the Taoist and Buddhist cosmologies on which present-day beliefs and practices are based, the book provides unique insights into the lived tradition, taking alterity seriously and interpreting practitioners’ beliefs without bias. First-person dialogues between the author and channelled Underworld deities challenge wider discourses concerning the interrelationships between sociocultural and spiritual worlds, promoting the de-stigmatisation of spirit possession and non-physical phenomena in the academic study of mystical and religious traditions.
Masters and servants explores the politics of colonial mastery and domestic servitude in the neighbouring British tropical colonies of Singapore and Darwin. Like other port cities throughout Southeast Asia, Darwin and Singapore were crossroads where goods, ideas, cultures and people from the surrounding regions mixed and mingled via the steam ships lines. The focus of this book is on how these connections produced a common tropical colonial culture in these sites. A key element of this shared culture was the presence of a multiethnic entourage of domestic servants in colonial homes and a common preference for Chinese ‘houseboys’. Through an exploration of master-servant relationships within British, white Australian and Chinese homes, this book illustrates the centrality of the domestic realm to the colonial project. The colonial home was a contact zone which brought together European colonists, non-white migrants and Indigenous people, most often through the domestic service relationship. Rather than a case of unquestioned mastery and devoted servitude, relationships between masters and servants had the potential not only to affirm but also destabilise the colonial hierarchy. The intimacies, antagonisms and anxieties of the relationships between masters and servants provide critical insights into the dynamics of colonial power with the British empire.
This book has explored the
relationship between British colonialism and domestic service in
Singapore and Darwin from the 1880s to the 1930s. Darwin was colonised
in 1869 with the intention that it would become a bustling port city in
the image of Singapore. The British and white Australian residents of
the town mimicked the lifestyles of the British in Singapore, donning