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You are a cabaret girl in mid-1900s S’pore. What choices do you make in order to survive? https://t.co/81QbF1tdq5

You are a cabaret girl in mid-1900s S’pore. What choices do you make in order to survive? https://t.co/81QbF1tdq5

In the 1930s, scores of immigrants came to Singapore seeking out new fortunes. In Adeline Foo’s Lancing girls of a Happy World , she writes that the world of the cabaret was a source of livelihood for many women. During that period, the Shanghai nightclub scene was thriving and it influenced Singapore’s landscape. This meant that “dancing was viewed as a professional job” and “working in the cabaret could thus be seen as a form of liberation” for women looking for active employment. Through accounts in Foo’s book, we imagined the possible scenarios and decisions a woman might have to make during that time, and explore the outcomes of her actions. Advertisement It is the mid-1900s. You wish to find work . You: Become a clerk: Your job is to issue paper identity cards for the colonial government, but the pay is low ($6 a day) and it is a temporary job. Become a barber: Your ...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/11/mid-1900s-singapore-cabaret...

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