New Culture in a New World [NOOK Book]

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During the 1920s, China's intellectuals called for a new literature, a new system of thought and new orientation towards modern life. Commonly known as the May Fourth Movement or the New Culture Movement, this intellectual momentum spilled beyond China into the overseas Chinese communities. This work analyzes the New Culture Movement from a diaspora perspective, namely that of the overseas Chinese in Singapore. Because they were members of a diaspora, the Chinese in Singapore first had to imagine themselves as ...
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Overview

During the 1920s, China's intellectuals called for a new literature, a new system of thought and new orientation towards modern life. Commonly known as the May Fourth Movement or the New Culture Movement, this intellectual momentum spilled beyond China into the overseas Chinese communities. This work analyzes the New Culture Movement from a diaspora perspective, namely that of the overseas Chinese in Singapore. Because they were members of a diaspora, the Chinese in Singapore first had to imagine themselves as part of the Chinese nation before they could fully participate in the movement. Also, Singapore's new culture advocates adopted then amended the movement's basic ideas to fit their situation. This work furthers our understanding of transnationalism and reminds us that in our rush to deconstruct the nation we should remember the discursive power of nationalism as it both enhances and restricts the authority of its advocates.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203508428
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 3/7/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 870 KB

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
A Note on Romanization Styles
Ch.1 Introduction 3
Interpreting the New Culture Movement 3
May Fourth and the New Culture Movement 6
Culture, Nationalism, and Transnationalism 7
Dimensions of the New Culture Movement in Singapore 13
A Word Concerning Sources 15
Ch.2 The Singapore Chinese on the Eve of the New Culture Movement 23
Factors dividing the Singapore Huaqiao 23
Institutions that Unified the Singapore Huaqiao 29
The Intellectual Community in Singapore 38
Conclusion 40
Ch.3 An Era of Protests, Boycotts, and Demonstrations 47
Relationship between New Culture and Public Demonstrations 47
The 1919 Protest against the Paris Peace Conference 49
The 1923 National Humiliation Day Boycott 52
The 1926 Demonstration 53
The 1927 Kreta Ayer demonstration 56
The 1928 Boycott and Jinan Relief Fund Movement 59
1928 Demonstration and School Raids 64
The 1931 Student Riot over May Fourth Holiday 66
The 1932 Protest over Immigration Quotas 67
Conclusion 68
Ch.4 Newspapers of the New Culture Movement 77
The Le Bao (Straits News) 78
The Zonghui Bao/Zonghui Xin Bao (New Union News) 81
The Guomin Ribao/Xin Guomin Ribao (New People's Daily) 81
The Nanyang Shang Bao (South Seas Commercial News) 85
The Xingzhou Ribao (Singapore Daily) 89
The Minguo Ribao (Republic Daily) 92
The English-Language Papers of the New Culture Era 94
Conclusion 96
Ch.5 The Search for Enlightenment 107
Literary Issues 108
Social Issues 115
Intellectual Issues 129
Conclusion 132
Ch.6 Saving the Nation from Aggression and Imperialism 139
Nationalist Literature in Singapore 141
Anti-Imperialist Literature in Singapore 142
Conclusion 151
Ch.7 Independence and the Diaspora Context 157
Independence for the Individual and the Nation 158
The Diaspora and a China-Centered Literature 159
The Diaspora and an Independent Literature 166
Conclusion: Diasporas Revisited 174
Ch.8 Conclusion 183
Goals of the Movement 184
Leaders of the Movement 186
Forum of the Movement 186
Participants of the Movement 187
Singapore and the New Culture Legacy 188
Glossary 193
Bibliography 203
Index 221
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