Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/73561
Title: Paradox of shortage : food during the Japanese occupation of Singapore
Authors: Goh, Xiu Chuan
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities::History::Asia::Singapore::Social aspects
Issue Date: 2018
Abstract: Singapore’s state narrative on food shortage during the Japanese Occupation is often characterized by hunger, starvation and even death from starvation. This narration is further enforced by state education such as history textbooks and National Education. However, upon consulting many of the existing oral history interviews, it became obvious that the severity of food shortage has been conflated by the government. This paper aims to fill the literature gap by studying the food economy and food perception of both individuals and the state. The concept of “food” will be examined from a cultural point of view to better understand the importance of culture in shaping one’s food choice and how it shaped the demand for specific food items. This paper argues that sustenance was not the sole motive of food consumption even dire periods of shortage; revealing the inextricable relationship between the culture and caloric duality of food studies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10356/73561
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:HSS Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
FYP_GOH XIU CHUAN.pdf
  Restricted Access
1.12 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Page view(s) 50

136
checked on Sep 30, 2020

Download(s) 50

28
checked on Sep 30, 2020

Google ScholarTM

Check

Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.