By Jean Duruz
Accepting the problem of rethinking connections of meals, house and identification inside of daily areas of “public” consuming in Malaysia and Singapore, the authors input highway stalls, hawker facilities, markets, cafes, eating places, “food streets,” and “ethnic” neighborhoods to supply a broader photograph of the that means of consuming in public locations. The e-book creates a powerful feel of the methods diverse humans reside, devour, paintings, and sit back jointly, and strains negotiations and lodgings in those dynamics. The motif of rojak (Malay, that means “mixture”), including Ien Ang’s evocative “together-in-difference,” permits the research to maneuver past the immediacy of highway consuming with its moments of trade and remembering. finally, the publication lines the political tensions of “different” humans dwelling jointly, and the hunt for domestic and identification in an international at the flow. all the chapters designates a distinct house for exploring those cultures of “mixedness” and their contradictions—whether those contain “old” and “new” varieties of sociality, struggles over meanings of position, or frissons of delight and threat in consuming “differently.” easily positioned, Eating Together is set figuring out complicated different types of multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore in the course of the brain, tongue, nostril, and eyes.
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Extra info for Eating Together: Food, Space, and Identity in Malaysia and Singapore
How does eating in food stalls, cafes, and markets connect them with broader regimes of power that shape cities and regions, and movements of people and goods across the globe? Wanting to accept such challenges as Massey’s, for this book we have embarked on a very long journey. As with all writing and research (whether explicitly acknowledged or not), the journey is also embedded in our personal/intellectual/spatial histories. As a Chinese Malaysian, M AK I N G R O JAK . . OR E ATING “TOGETHER-IN-DIFFERENCE ” ?
This is evident from the subtle differences in the treatment of 25 26 CHA P TER 1 the kopitiam in chapters 1 and 2. This chapter, written by Gaik, focuses solely on the evolution and meanings of the old-style kopitiam in peninsular Malaysia, while in the next chapter Jean explores the modernized kopitiam as a “new” form of coffee shop in Singapore. The kopitiam is a modest and ubiquitous part of the daily national landscape found spread out in small towns, urban areas, and their surrounding suburbs; it represents the daily informal civic life of Malaysian citizens.
46 A poignant example is found in Kim Cheng Boey’s Between Stations, as he recalls the ritual walks with his father through Change Alley near Singapore’s waterfront in the 1960s: It was my first whiff of abroad, of peoples and places far away. . Every inch of available shop space was packed with merchandise. Even the ceiling was hung with toys, bags, batik shirts and dresses. . The Alley was a microcosm of the multi-ethnicity that is the M AK I N G R O JAK . . OR E ATING “TOGETHER-IN-DIFFERENCE ” ?