Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ng Yi-Sheng -- "Gone Home"

"My father’s generation has seen Singapore transform from a filthy colonial post-war ghetto island into a sparkling 21st century metropolis. They’ll tell you how proud they are of the progress we’ve made, but they’ll also confess that sometimes, they’re haunted by nostalgia.
They visit their old neighbourhoods. They find their landmarks erased, replaced by shopping malls and condominiums and expressways. They justify their sacrifice to themselves as the logical cost of development.
And as time wears on, they become strangers in their own homeland. They are exiles from a vanished Singapore"

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