Chloe Tan

Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow

20192020 Forum on Kinship

Chloe Tan

Executive Board, Wolf Undergraduate Humanities Forum

Philosophy, Politics & Economics and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies

Chloe is a senior double majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. Her research interest lies at the intersection of her two majors, particularly in the areas of feminist political thought and feminist philosophy. Originally hailing from Singapore, she is passionate about exploring feminism and queer theory from a postcolonial and diasporic lens. As a strong believer in making education and the humanities more accessible, Chloe is also a part of Penn's Philosophy for the Young Initiative (P4Y), an after-school philosophy program for middle and high school students in West Philadelphia. In her free time, Chloe enjoys writing, visiting museums, and spending time in nature.

Global City with Cautious Dreams: The Paradoxical Construction of Kinship in Singapore

Singapore is a nation of paradoxes. Renowned for its rapid economic transformation from third world to first, Singapore’s global city aspirations necessitate a forward-looking and cosmopolitan approach to development. Yet, the state continues to maintain a conservative, moralistic stance on deviant subjectivities, resulting in the valorization of specific forms of kinship. Through a historical analysis of state policies regarding public housing and sexuality, this project will uncover the ways in which kinship, primarily in the form of the heterosexual, nuclear family unit, is reinforced. In doing so, this project aims to critically examine the role kinship plays in perpetuating systems of hegemonic power in Singapore that intersect with gender, sexuality, race, class, and citizenship.