The Asian Values Debate in Post-Independence Singaporean Literature

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2016-08-15
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The Asian Values debate instigated by Lee Kuan Yew has had a significant influence on Singaporean society and its literature. This research looks at the novels of Catherine Lim and Dave Chua, Little Ironies: Stories of Singapore (1978) and Gone Case (1997), and how they show and critically reflect the Asian values debate. The debate is limited inside the city-state, but with close reading of these works of fiction is it possible to navigate the pitfalls surrounding Singapore’s rather absent civil society. It is one of the few options to study the effects of the Asian values from the point of view of Singapore’s citizenry and will potentially give an overview of the developments and implications of the debate.
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