One Face, Many Masks: The Chinese in Singapore

  • Chee Kiong Tong


Singapore is sociologically interesting in the study of Chinese ethnic identity as, of all the Southeast Asian countries with Diasporic Chinese; it is unique in having a Chinese majority. Seventy six percent of the Singaporean population is Chinese. However, this majority is tempered by the fact that Singapore is a multi-ethnic society, with 15% Malays, 7% Indians, and 2% Eurasian and others. Moreover, Singapore is a small nation state1 situated in a geopolitical region where the majority of the neighbors are Malays or Indonesians.2


Ethnic Identity Chinese Language Filial Piety Chinese Immigrant Chinese Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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