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.

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