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Modern Girls – Love, Life and Fashion in Pre-War SG | A Librarian’s World

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Join Associate Librarian Andrea Kee as she explores how the enigmatic Modern Girl articulated her new modern identity in interwar Singapore.

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Modern Girls – Love, Life and Fashion in Pre-War Singapore

In the early 20th century, the Modern Girl emerged in cities all over the world and became a popular subject of debate, admiration and criticism. By the late 1920s, she had made her debut in Singapore. Who was she? What did she wear? What were her aspirations? And what traits made her “modern”? Through the National Library’s collections and newspaper archives, Associate Librarian Andrea Kee will explore how the enigmatic Modern Girl articulated her new modern identity, femininity and independence in interwar Singapore.

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Andrea Kee is an Associate Librarian with the National Library of Singapore and works with the Singapore and Southeast Asia collections. Her responsibilities include collection management and content development for the library’s resources, such as Infopedia and Biblioasia, as well as providing reference and research services.

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