|Title:||Fairchildren and Factory Girls: Gender, Family, and Space in the Singapore Electronics Industry|
|Speaker:||Professor Hallam Stevens (James Cook University)|
|Date/Time:||February 2, 2023, 2:30 pm|
|Venue:||Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)|
We are now in the midst of what has been called a global “chip war” with China, the United States, and Taiwan considered to be the major players. This situation is the result of the globalization within the semiconductor industry that began in the 1960s. Southeast Asia was a major site for such outsourcing by US firms such as Fairchild Semiconductor, Hewlett Packard, and General Electric. This paper examines some of the local effects of the electronics and semiconductor industries in Singapore. In particular, it examines the effects of these industries on gender norms and family life in the newly independent city state. By examining the forms of labour and patterns of development associated with early semiconductor outsourcing, the paper aims to shed light on the long-term cultural and geopolitical effects of globalization within the chip industry.
About the Speakers
Hallam Stevens is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. He writes about genomics, the life sciences, big data, and the history of computers. His research interests include history of science and technology, food history, and science, technology and society.
CRF Project “Making Modernity in East Asia: Technologies of Everyday Life, 19th – 21st Centuries” (RGC CRF HKU C7011-16G), Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong