“Growing Up” (1996-2001) Doesn’t Think Activism is a Western Import

CW: Sexual assault Is social justice a Western import? Growing Up doesn’t think so! Remembered for its heartland wholesomeness, Growing Up is a classic 1990s family drama that charts a family’s journey alongside Singapore’s walk into the present. Through its run, Growing Up envisions methods of social engagement that spring naturally from Singaporean ground. Embedded deeply within and engaging with real local … Continue reading “Growing Up” (1996-2001) Doesn’t Think Activism is a Western Import

“Phua Chu Kang”(1997-2007) and the Maleness of Singaporean National Identity

Content Warning: Homophobia Ask anyone who's lived through the nineties for the television series that best represents Singapore, and many might respond with Phua Chu Kang (1997-2007). Phua Chu Kang, a sitcom featuring its eponymous Singlish-slinging contractor (Gurmit Singh), is so deeply tied with this generation's idea of Singaporeanness that Chu Kang has become shorthand … Continue reading “Phua Chu Kang”(1997-2007) and the Maleness of Singaporean National Identity