This article, a preliminary observation of the kopitiam (coffee shop) in Singapore, argues that the informal and seemingly apolitical kopitiam has engendered a form of political resistance that we have often failed to see. Using a case study, the article examines how local practices could reflect a hitherto neglected understanding of Singaporean politics.
Kopitiams in Singapore: Consuming Politics
Ying-Kit Chan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, and received his M.A. in Chinese Studies from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He wishes to thank Michael Montesano and anonymous reviewers for their suggestions for improving earlier versions of this article. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Ying-Kit Chan; Kopitiams in Singapore: Consuming Politics. Asian Survey 1 October 2013; 53 (5): 979–1004. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2013.53.5.979
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