Sarong party girl

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Sarong party girl (also known as SPG) is a derogatory term used in Singapore and (to a lesser extent) in Peninsular Malaysia.

It describes a local, solely Asian woman (e.g., a Chinese or Malay or Indian girl) who usually dresses and behaves in a provocative manner, and who exclusively dates and prefers white men. The Sarong Party Girl stereotype was popularised by a series of humorous books by Jim Aitchison in the 1990s, offering a satirical portrayal of the SPG and related aspects of Singaporean culture.

The term has its fairly innocuous roots in the late 1940s-early 1950s when Singapore was still ruled by the British. As a general practice, the British forces personnel socialised very much among themselves, according to their military ranks and status (i.e. officers as opposed to enlisted men). However, there were some instances when specific local "guests" were invited to social functions hosted by the British. The term 'sarong party' came into use to describe social functions which included local invited 'ladies'. The sarong is a local native word for wrap-around skirt, popular among local men and women of the time. It is still worn today. Over time, the term has taken on a somewhat more derogatory meaning.

Common stereotypes[edit]

The stereotypical Sarong Party Girl has a false foreign accent and is provocatively dressed. The Sarong Party Girl stereotype in local entertainment is usually portrayed as a gold-digging, husband-snatching Asian woman. This perception contributed much to Singapore's decadent image in the 1970s, as seen in films such as Saint Jack.

Due to these stereotypes, women who are classified as SPGs have to endure negative sweeping statements. Nowadays SPGs are no longer identified by a unique dress code or appearance. Any local woman who prefers to mix with males of a Caucasian ethnicity, or seeking them as their romantic partner will be seen as an 'SPG'. "An SPG is commonly perceived as a racist and Caucasian fetishist who discriminates against their own community and race, while showing a favoritism towards their preferred supreme races".[citation needed] This is a stereotype affixed to the classification of an SPG.

See also[edit]


  • Aitchison, Jim (1994). Sarong Party Girl. Angsana Books. ISBN 981-3056-36-3. 
  • Aitchison, Jim (1995). Revenge of the Sarong Party Girl. Angsana Books. ISBN 981-3056-60-6. 
  • Aitchison, Jim (1996). The SPG Rides Again. Angsana Books. ISBN 981-3056-09-6. 


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