Perth the city signify to $ingaporeans?
It is $ingapore's
de facto second city with the highest number of expat $ingaporeans
outside the country.
in researching the phenomenon of Perth, it is a place where failure
is tolerated, something less likely in the pressure cooker environment
it that the younger $ingapore audience cannot believe that the
working class taxi driver character played by Lim Kay Tong speaks
this is because the younger generation doesn't remember 1979,
the year when the Speak Mandarin campaign was introduced. One
result of this is that there is now a big Eurasian community in
Perth for example.
I've noticed a change in the accent of the local Malay population.
The younger generation sounds much more Chinese than the older
generation used to be. It's the barrage of Mandarin in most public
places to the fact that we rarely see the "Akan Datang" (Coming
Soon) sign in cinema screens these days.
In the case
of Kay Tong's character, Harry Lee, he is supposed to be a Peranakan.
It is based on someone I know so the circumstance of a lower educated
Baba talking to his Chinese wife in English (stemming from a need
to feel superior) is very real. But
the younger generation is a little out of touch with this element
because there is less emphasis on our diversity and more emphasis
on a sort of forced identity based upon Singlish, (Gurmit Singh,
no offence to him) and an almost artificial construct of what
constitutes a $ingaporean.
is an inner rage that the Lim Kay Tong character is filled with.
Is this something that you have seen often before, where does
it come from and did Kay Tong instinctively understand this anger?
that he does seem to harbour a very silent inner rage which maybe
is reflected by the fact that after all these years, despite the
voracity of his work, Perth is the first film that he has the
of an actor was a very powerful energy source in capturing the
repressed anger of Harry Lee.
captured it brilliantly, the over bombastic verbal diatribe of
a slighted individual unable to hit back at society by the constraints
of his education, status, and the system. Instead, it is the silences
where his character communicates this delicate feeling of anger.
Perhaps, this is very $ingaporean, that is why we have a silent