From Kerala To Singapore

ISBN 9789814721837

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Anitha Devi Pillai


This book traces the lives of Malayalees in Singapore through their memories and experiences of moving from Kerala to Singapore and how their families subsequently built their lives here, slowly sinking their roots and becoming Singapore Malayalees. From Kerala to Singapore is the result of rigorous research into the relatively little-known Singapore Malayalees, and provides a comprehensive insight into a rich and fascinating community that has made a rich contribution to the country. This book gathers together an academic account of migration, more than 100 personal narratives – which are complemented by specially commissioned photo portraits and personal family memorabilia – and dozens of meticulously researched family trees. The ambition of this book is unmatched; never before has there been a study of the Singapore Malayalees – or indeed any ethnic community in Singapore – that simultaneously comprises academic research, oral testimonies, portrait photography, personal memorabilia and genealogical study.

Anitha Devi Pillai
Anitha Devi Pillai (Ph.D.) wears many hats. She's an author, applied linguist, translator and poet. She teaches writing pedagogy and writing at the National Institute of Education (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). Some of her 2020 publications are an English translation of Kamaladevi Aravindan’s historical Tamil novel, titled ‘Sembawang' (Marshall Cavendish International), an anthology of short stories titled 'A View of Stars: Stories of Love' (Marshall Cavendish International) which she co-edited with Felix Cheong and a non-fiction book titled 'The Story of Onam' (Indian Heritage Centre, National Heritage Board, Singapore). She is currently working on her own collection of short stories and editing an anthology of short stories for young adults. Both books are slated to be released in the latter half of 2021.

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