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Blog Archive » Scenes from the Chinese wayang

The Chinese wayang is a strange term – after all, ‘wayang’ is a Malay word, so perhaps it attests to our multicultural influences that the Chinese opera is known here as the Chinese wayang. It was a popular form of entertainment – also, a form of popular entertainment – that could be seen in our streets before it was supplanted by home entertainment. James assembles a photo essay of images from the National Archives of Singapore about this once-popular form on entertainment: In the early kampong days before TV, hi-fi sound systems, video tape recorders or computers are found in almost every home for entertainment, the village children were looking forward anxiously to watch the Chinese wayang. It was like a carnival time for the kampong folks. Like the young children in the photo watching the rehearsal in the hot afternoon. It looks like a comedy scene on the stage which m...

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