chapter  3
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Resettling a Chinese village: a longitudinal study

By the 1950s, Singapore was already covered by settlements (Humphre)', 1985). Demolition of the settlements to make room for public housing was unavoidable. Between 1961 and 1984, more than 230,000 households were resettled (Wong and Yeh, 1985: 316), taking up more than 40 per cent of public-housing flats built in the same period. An overwhelming majority of resettled households opted to purchase the 99year leasehold on public-housing flats, reaching more than 90 per cent in the mid-1980s (Wong and Yeh, 1985: 318). By 1990, only 28,000 people were estimated to require resettlement. Thus a very significant proportion of households in public housing are either resettled in their entirety or have one or both spouses originally from resettled families. Having to adjust to standardized flats from different house-forms and different environments is, therefore, a widely shared experience for a substantial number of Singaporeans.