29 Sep '17, 7am

Chinatown was once a vice-filled place where human lives were bought & sold

Today, the Lai Chun Yuen theatre sits quietly in the middle of Chinatown, surrounded by the excitement of tourist-friendly Chinatown. Via . Advertisement It isn’t hard to imagine then, that close to a century ago, the same Chinatown was brimming with the same frenetic energy. But it was a vice hub. Charmaine Leung, the daughter of a brothel owner along Keong Saik Road wrote an account of her and her mother’s growing up years in one of Singapore’s most infamous red-light districts at 17A Keong Saik Road . Leung’s story is part bittersweet, part enlightening, and presents a well-paced guide to a Chinatown that’s largely forgotten. Here are some of her insightful descriptions of old Chinatown: A market for everything Leung’s mother’s first encounter in the 1930s with Chinatown began with the defunct Lai Chun Yuen theatre, or more specifically, the streets around the theatre. ...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/09/chinatown-was-once-a-vice-f...

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