Marie Dailey Uncles and Aunties - FRANCIS
In Singapore, and many Asian cultures, it is customary to address men of an older generation as ‘Uncle,’ and women as ‘Auntie.’ This warm expression conveys a sentiment of trust and respect.
This photo series captures the typical Singaporean ‘uncle’ that can be spotted relaxing around the Hawker Centers and HDB public spaces.
This elderly Uncle is seated on the steps of a Buddhist Temple in Chinatown, where he is having his morning coffee or ‘Kopi’ out of a can of sweetened condensed milk. Indeed, takeaway coffee from the kopitiams is usually transported in a plastic bag with a straw today, but recycled cans used to be more common.