“You have picked a wrong candidate”: Latent Fragments and Reasonable Narratives of the British Military Withdrawal from Singapore
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2013.07.15 298
Loh Kah Seng교수는 2013년7월15일에 “You have picked a wrong candidate”: Latent Fragments and Reasonable Narratives of the British Military Withdrawal from Singapore(Palgrave Macmillan)를 발간하였다.


This chapter on the British military withdrawal from Singapore in the late 1960s extends our understanding about the multi-faceted nature of memory. It argues that oral histories can be conceived as “latent fragments” and “reasonable narratives.” The author's interviewees have largely accepted the official account, yet are able to retain memories that are neither wholly oppositional nor compliant, but are personal and different. As fragments, these memories are reasonable in that they reconcile personal memories to the official account. The chapter argues that Singaporean narrators exercise an important degree of agency in contesting or appropriating the past, without fully departing from the official narrative. This approach draws the idea that counter-memory can exist in the middle ground of accommodation instead of outright resistance.