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The New Asian CityThree-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form$
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Jini Kim Watson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675722

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675722.001.0001

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The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead

The Politics and Poetics of Singapore’s Developmental Landscape

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The New Asian City

Jini Kim Watson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the ways a statist, developmental landscape are taken up in both Singaporean political and poetic discourses. It examines the political discourse of Lee Kuan Yew in contrast to the works of Thumboo and Arthur Yap. Thumboo’s national poetry demonstrates how a poetic aesthetic might be forged in terms of the new, while in contrast, Yap stresses an equal investment in poetically reworking urban forms that show other possibilities for thinking the Singapore nation. The chapter also reviews the origins of Lee’s 31-year authoritarian-style rule that emphasized on competent governments and social cohesion.

Keywords:   poetic discourses, Lee Kuan Yew, political discourse, Arthur Yap, urban forms, Singapore nation, competent governments, social cohesion

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