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Ethnicity, Heritage, and Visitor Attractions: Singapore's Taman Warisan Melayu

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Abstract:

The subject of the article is a new heritage center in Singapore, incorporating a museum, which is dedicated to the Malays who represent one of the country's various ethnic groups. Museum exhibits and narratives are discussed within the wider context of sociocultural and political conditions and forces, the interpretation and presentation of material shown to reflect these influences. Such visitor attractions are seen to serve a number of purposes and can be harnessed to the task of nation building in relatively young countries of mixed ethnicity, a function which has hegemonic implications. The discussion is based on an analysis of published data and fieldwork at the site.

Keywords: ETHNIC CULTURES; MUSEUMS; NATION BUILDING; SINGAPORE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3727/109830408783900334

Publication date: 2008-04-01

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