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The Construction of Femininity in a Postcolonial State: Girls’ Education in Singapore ...

Chapter 1:  Introduction
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The Construction of Femininity in a Postcolonial State:

Chapter 1


Singapore, the “economic miracle,” has thrived in spite of its lack of natural resources and has defied all odds to become a first-world economy within a very short span of time. It has come a long way, growing from a small fishing village on whose shores Stamford Raffles first landed in 1819 into a modern urbanised global economy in the twenty-first century. Since independence in 1965, Singapore’s economy has grown by leaps and bounds and today has one of the highest gross domestic products per capita in the world.1 Within this short span of time, too, the nation has achieved many firsts. Its airport was named world’s best at the 2013 Skytrax World Airports Awards.2 The Singapore port has been voted the best container port in Asia twenty-three times, and as one of the world’s busiest transshipment hubs, it handles about one-seventh of the world’s total container transshipment throughput.3 Singapore was voted the best location in the world for Asians to live in 2009–2010, and Singapore’s education system is considered one of the best in the world.4

Women in Singapore appear to have benefited much from Singapore’s rapid development. Singapore was far ahead of most other nations in protecting women’s rights in marriage and divorce when the Women’s