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  • 以成熟方式处理种族歧视事件

    By: 许林珠,(译)叶琦保 | Jul 04, 2017 | Hits: 133

    我们生活在一个多元种族社会。我们不时颂赞这种多元种族精神,但也往往被提醒要维持种族和谐是艰巨挑战。在组屋区、职场和艺术领域,不同族群和习俗相互碰撞。出现矛盾时,我们可以选择感到愤怒或让他人感到愤怒,或把事件变成深化对彼此了解和强化凝聚力的机会。

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  • Oxley Road Dispute: What’s at Stake in July 3 Session

    By: Gillian Koh | Jul 03, 2017 | Hits: 179

    The parliamentary sitting scheduled for July 3 must not only help clarify the complicated matters relating to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s property at 38, Oxley Road, but also uphold the image of governance in Singapore that he and generations of national leaders have painstakingly built over the years. The allegations made about the…..

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  • Does Singapore Still Need a National Airline?

    By: Faizal Bin Yahya | Jul 03, 2017 | Hits: 204

    For the first quarter of 2017, the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group reported a loss of S$138.3 million. This performance stands in stark contrast to its performance in the financial year from 2015 to 2016, where the SIA Group reported a net profit of S$804 million, and the same quarter in 2016 where the SIA Group reported a…..

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  • Racial Stereotypes in Media: Not just a bit of Harmless Fun

    By: Leonard Lim and Mathew Mathews | Jun 23, 2017 | Hits: 626

    Singapore, with its polyglot population living and working together peacefully for the past five decades, often strikes international visitors as an oasis of social harmony. However, undercurrents of racism do surface from time to time. Insensitive remarks or actions based on stereotypes about a certain race may cause offence, and social media amplifies both the…..

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  • Time Banks can Forge Social Change

    By: Yvonne Arivalagan and Christopher Gee | Jun 22, 2017 | Hits: 511

    We have all heard of the adage, “time is money”, but this is often understood in terms of the market economy, where all goods and services are assigned a monetary value. The time economy, on the other hand, is made up of all the goods and services of social value that measures of the market…..

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  • Is Singapore’s Hub Status at Risk?

    By: Manu Bhaskaran | Jun 16, 2017 | Hits: 610

    Hardly a day passes these days without some news item that breathlessly reports yet another threat to Singapore’s regional hub position. There is much concern about China’s mega projects under its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which some say will create rivals to Singapore. There is also talk about our neighbours’ ambitions to displace Singapore…..

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  • Improving the Role of Private Education Institutions

    By: Faizal Bin Yahya | Jun 14, 2017 | Hits: 445

    With the government’s emphasis on lifelong learning and professional conversion programmes, is our private education industry the weak link in this effort, or is it ready to play a key role in shaping our workforce and the transformation of the Singapore economy? The outlook for private education institutions (PEIs) is mixed and uncertain for some……

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  • Taking Pride in Ethnic Identity Does Not Contradict Singapore Identity

    By: Mathew Mathews | Jun 12, 2017 | Hits: 368

    The recent official opening of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlights the importance Singapore places on the preservation of ethnic identity. Other such centres have been established or reinvigorated in recent years for the main ethnic groups in Singapore – the Indian Heritage Centre was officially opened in 2015, and…..

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  • Picking Up a Third Language Can Firm Up Bonds Between S’poreans

    By: Valerie Yeo | Jun 09, 2017 | Hits: 1895

    “Being Singaporean has never been a matter of subtraction, but of addition … not of limitation and contraction, but of openness and expansion,” said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the recent opening of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Even as we hold on to our own ethnic identity, we must be receptive to the…..

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  • Racism Saga: Are S’poreans Prepared to Grow From Ah Boys to Men?

    By: Gillian Koh | Jun 05, 2017 | Hits: 450

    We live in a multiracial setting in Singapore. There are many days when we celebrate it, but there are also days when we are reminded of how challenging it can be. Different groups and their practices bump into each other in the heartland, at work and through art. When conflict arises, we can resort to…..

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