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Reflection of Peranakan Culture at Emily of Emerald

by:NKK     2020-06-07
The one-woman show 'Emily of Emerald Hill', written by Stella Kon in 1982, featured a completely relatable character, Emily Gan. The story tells the tale of a dominating wife as well as a mother, who is made to encounter odd family issues with durability. The story reflects the emotional struggles of a woman in a patriarchal world. Emily Gan used to remain in the Peranakan enclave of Emerald Hill, Singapore. The writer has drawn by hand Peranakan upbringing and family circumstances. The background of the show is the reflection of the Peranakan culture and Singaporean identity. And, for the occasion in Singapore theatre, a play will probably be main theme that are of a museum exhibition. The exhibition 'Emily of Emerald Hill: Singaporean Identity on Stage' is open at the Peranakan Museum until 17 February, the year 2013. The exhibition is an insight into the life of Peranakan Chinese residing in Singapore during the early 20th century. Attain how they accustomed to deal with the problems of gender and power during that time, issue which continue to exist with people nevertheless. This is the reason made available from Maria Khoo Joseph, assistant curator of the museum on why the play was chosen. The playwright herself was brought up in a Peranakan Chinese family. She is a descendant of two famous Peranakan families - the Lim Boon Keng family and the Tan Tock Seng family. Thus, the play is an increasingly authentic experience of local culture. Some characters she gets drawn were inspired by her ancestors, especially her grandmother as the blueprint of Emliy's individuality. And, the idea behind Emily's father-in-law was her maternal great-grandfather Tan Boo Liat, co-founder for this Singapore Chinese Girls' School and the great-grandson of Tan Tock Seng. The museum worked as a chef with Ms Stell Kon and her family members to perfectly bring Emily to the museums. If you have watched the play earlier, one part that will surely catch your eyes is the organized of Emerald Hill house. It uses pieces from museum's permanent collection and also original furniture for this Oberon, the house where Ms Kon grew up. Costumes, script, props and other collectibles will awake the memories of theatre lovers. Even if, you have not seen the play before, you will still enjoy the exhibition. Theatre-goers will like the section displaying the history of Singaporean theatre with Emily of Emerald Hill being a flourishing part. Calls for another section of history-lovers which showcases the kitchenware, garments, and other personal items of a Peranakan home. There are involving activities for attendees to get touching the Peranakan the community. The interviews with actors who performed Emily, and people who helped in portraying Emily. And, contemporary don't miss the discussion with Ms Stella Kon about her writing and life on 8 October at 7pm.
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