新加坡酷儿运动的正常化策略 : 粉红点的空间实践 = The normalization strategies of Singapore’s queer activism : the spatial practice of pink dot
Lim, Hui Min
Date of Issue2016-03-10
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Pink Dot was held for the first time in 2009 and the number of participants has increased more than tenfold from 2500 in 2009 to 28000 in 2015, thus making it the largest public gathering in Singapore. Queer related topics are considered taboo in Singapore and queer activism in the 90s had been oppressed by the mainstream public, media and local authorities. Thus, queer organizations were forced to hold events in private spaces hidden from the public view. However, the setting up of Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park by the government gave the local queer community the opportunity to initiate Pink Dot and it became the first queer movement to have been legally held in the public space. Pink Dot has attracted not only the queer community, but also the mainstream community. This thesis argues that Pink Dot’s strategy of normalization is the main reason for attracting support from the mainstream community. Using space theories from human geographers as well as discourse theories, this thesis aims to analyze the strategy of normalization employed by Pink Dot in the public space, virtual social space and discursive space respectively.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University