Tuesday, May 24, 2011
21-5-2011 The May 13 Generation
Today i was one of the many who wittness the launch of the book The May 13 generation. PSM would like to pay tribute to these left leaders in Singapore for their great effort in documenting history and which can be used by the future generations. It was really a very good feeling to see Jing Quee on stage talking and articulating ..
The May 13 Generation
( The Chinese Middle Schools Student Movement and Singapore Politics in The 1950s )
Tan Jing Quee
The May 13 generation was the first belonging to the immigrant communities from China to grapple with the issues of being Malayan/Singaporean, breaking irrevocably with the received wisdoms of their elders, and in a political climate where their explorations were deemed to be subversive.
This book comprises the recollections penned by the participants of the era of the 1950s, where their generation was in the forefront of the anti-colonial movement, and the work of academic researchers who have examined the historical framework and context of the period, as well as how it has been made to fit into the country’s mainstream history. The researchers have also examined the students’ cultural expressions, whether it is in art, drama, dance or literature and found them to be socially engaged, and grappling with the question of who they were as a people. The cultural explorations of that period have been forgotten or repudiated. It is revealing just how this amnesia and silence has become so set.
It is also impossible to imagine the demands that the age had put on this generation of youths.