The Vibrant Shadow of a Global City: A Photo Essay of Geylang

The Back Alley.
The Migrant Mart.
The Meat List.

The field trip to Geylang, the legal red light district of Singapore revealed many layers to the neighborhood. The tour facilitator Mr. Cai is a 30 year social entrepreneur who made the right connections at multiple levels from sex work to a slice of migrant life. The trip with fellow theorists and senior scholars was a unique experience. Having been a researcher in Singapore for many years, this was a great lens to view the city beyond the brand. The subaltern is also transnational in Singapore.

Epistemic Void Attracts Violence

The problem with migrant narratives about the Khaleej, is people who grow up in the region are always imagining an exit due to the ‘structural transience’ (channelizing Shah on multigenerational migrants in Kuwait), which leaves a void for western tourist visa academics to carve the stories for us. I wish more muwateen write as well, along with kharjees.


The charm of the digital nature of tech vis-Ă -vis climate change and healthcare is the ability to solve problems through the creation of products which can be paid for. I think the key for the diffusion of anything is the formation of a product in an unit of ‘exchange value’.

The ability to circulate in a network and make money along the way is the key whether it is a thought system or a solution.