Ah Ku and Karayuki-san: Prostitution in Singapore, 1870-1940 (Paperback)James F. Warren (author)
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The result is a powerful historical account of human nature, of human relationships, of pride, prejudice, struggle and spirit. Ordinary people tumble from the pages of the records: they talk about choice of partners, love and betrayal, desperation and alienation, drawing us into their lives. This social history is a powerful corrective to the romantic image of colonial Singapore as a city of excitement, sophistication, exotic charm and easy sex. In the years since its original publication in 1992, this book, and its companion Rickshaw Coolie, have become an inspiration to those seeking to come to grips with Singapore's past.
Publisher: NUS Press
Number of pages: 249
Dimensions: 248 x 152 x 25 mm
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