That joke is not that funny anymore
Date of Issue2017-04-25
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
There has been an absence of rich literature on humor in Sociology, and even less so in the Singapore context. Prominent in the Singapore scene in the multiracial discourse in Singapore which piqued my interest on whether Singaporeans are really that racially harmonious. Thus, it is the intention of this research to understand the social actors’, specifically the Chinese youths, conception of racism and the mechanisms behind the formation of such conceptions. Specifically, 15 interviews revolving around the topic of racial jokes are conducted with undergraduates from two local Universities, namely, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore. It is not the aim of this research paper however, to say that race-related jokes should be completely be devoid of humor, instead, it points to a need for conscious employment, considering the endless possibilities of humor going the wrong way.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University