Thus I have heard. Brief notes from the field.

  • Lynn Wong

How I continued "field" research during Covid-19 lockdown

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

2020 was supposed to be a year packed with fieldwork for me.

I have marked on my calendar a series of religious and cultural events to document: (January - February) Chinese New Year celebrations, (March) a Clan Committee Inauguration Ceremony, (April) Qing Ming Festival and Birthday of Goddess of the Sea Mazu, (June) Duan Wu Festival, followed by many other upcoming events.

But alas, the Covid-19 pandemic thwarted plans.

Disappointed I was, but the restlessness within spurred me to experiment with new methods to continue "fieldwork" research during the 56 days of Circuit Breaker (i.e., Singapore's version of Covid-19 lockdown from April 7 to June 1, 2020).

Read more in my article:

  • Wong, Lynn. 2020, June 23. "From Field to Digital Ethnography: Observing Ritual Transformations in Singapore’s Historic Places of Worship". CoronAsur: Religion and COVID-19, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.