Kimberly Lim

Kimberly Lim

Kimberly Lim is a journalist based in Singapore who is interested in stories on politics and business.

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A lesson for Hong Kong, Singapore in mainland China’s crackdown on the tutoring industry?

Sceptics of Beijing’s move say the real stress comes not from tutors but from a cultural emphasis on academic achievement and not wanting to get ‘left behind’.

Sceptics of Beijing’s move say the real stress comes not from tutors but from a cultural emphasis on academic achievement and not wanting to get ‘left behind’.

23 Sep 2021 - 3:17PM
Olympic kimonos showcase Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia’s cultures – and many more besides

More than 300 Japanese designers worked on the 213 Imagine Oneworld Kimono Project kimonos for some six years, with each full set costing about US$18,200 to make.

More than 300 Japanese designers worked on the 213 Imagine Oneworld Kimono Project kimonos for some six years, with each full set costing about US$18,200 to make.

6 Aug 2021 - 9:01PM
Why does the internet love Chinese-speaking foreigners? Yum cha kor may have the answer

Gurdip Singh, a marine technician from Singapore who urged his fans in flawless Cantonese not to work so hard and to drink some tea, has become the latest in a long line of viral sensations.

Gurdip Singh, a marine technician from Singapore who urged his fans in flawless Cantonese not to work so hard and to drink some tea, has become the latest in a long line of viral sensations.

25 Jun 2021 - 6:04PM
What can Hong Kong visitors do in Singapore? Locals suggest hawker centres, Gardens by the Bay and Popular bookstore

With the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble set to open on May 26, locals have made some suggestions on what their visitors are likely to do in the city state.

With the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble set to open on May 26, locals have made some suggestions on what their visitors are likely to do in the city state.

24 Aug 2021 - 5:40PM
Singapore arts community mourns The Substation closure as fears rise that more independent venues will disappear

Founded as Singapore’s first independent arts centre in 1990, The Substation will close for good in July, raising fears for the freedom of artistic venues in the Lion City.

Founded as Singapore’s first independent arts centre in 1990, The Substation will close for good in July, raising fears for the freedom of artistic venues in the Lion City.

20 Apr 2021 - 12:33PM
Mad for mala: how Singapore’s taste for halal Chinese food has taken off

Many see this as a positive trend, allowing Singaporeans of all races to bond over food and foster a better understanding of different cultures.

Many see this as a positive trend, allowing Singaporeans of all races to bond over food and foster a better understanding of different cultures.

12 Mar 2021 - 3:35PM
TikTok for trading tips? Millennials and Generation Z find their investment muse

Young investors have found their muse in the platform, with videos carrying investing or finance hashtags drawing hundreds of millions of viewers.

Young investors have found their muse in the platform, with videos carrying investing or finance hashtags drawing hundreds of millions of viewers.

1 Jan 2021 - 9:51PM
From Singapore to India, urban farms sprout up as coronavirus leaves Bollywood celebrities with thyme on their hands

While Covid-19 has been creating havoc with everything else, one hobby has just kept growing: gardening. And even Bollywood fingers are turning green.

While Covid-19 has been creating havoc with everything else, one hobby has just kept growing: gardening. And even Bollywood fingers are turning green.

2 Aug 2020 - 4:09PM
Young Singaporeans are ready to talk about race. Are their parents?

In a land where racial harmony has long been closely managed by the government, a social media generation seeks a more open debate. The older generation is more cautious.

In a land where racial harmony has long been closely managed by the government, a social media generation seeks a more open debate. The older generation is more cautious.

25 Jul 2020 - 2:00PM
Singapore, Malaysia universities see uptick in Chinese student interest amid pandemic

Students from China make up the largest cohort from abroad in Britain, the US and Australia, but the Covid-19 pandemic and fraying diplomatic ties are taking a toll.

Students from China make up the largest cohort from abroad in Britain, the US and Australia, but the Covid-19 pandemic and fraying diplomatic ties are taking a toll.

22 Jul 2020 - 10:24AM
Cancel culture: how Asia’s ‘woke brigade’ became a political force

From Malaysian beauty queens to aspiring Singaporean politicians, few are immune to the threat of being ‘cancelled’.

From Malaysian beauty queens to aspiring Singaporean politicians, few are immune to the threat of being ‘cancelled’.

24 Jul 2020 - 9:32AM
Is Singapore’s housing market immune to coronavirus? Here’s your US$20 million answer

Restrictions on physical home viewings didn’t stop buyers from snapping up a US$20 million condo in central Singapore and a US$18 million landed house in Sentosa Cove. 

Restrictions on physical home viewings didn’t stop buyers from snapping up a US$20 million condo in central Singapore and a US$18 million landed house in Sentosa Cove. 

16 Jul 2020 - 10:04PM
Singapore election: PAP chief and PM Lee Hsien Loong says results ‘show clear desire for diversity of voices’

PAP returns to power, but opposition Workers’ Party wins record 10 seats in 2020 general election.

PAP returns to power, but opposition Workers’ Party wins record 10 seats in 2020 general election.

11 Jul 2020 - 7:37AM
Explainer | Singapore election: the present and future of the People’s Action Party

Here are some of the important figures running for office on July 10, from future leaders such as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s designated successor Heng Swee Keat to old hands.

Here are some of the important figures running for office on July 10, from future leaders such as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s designated successor Heng Swee Keat to old hands.

1 Jul 2020 - 8:11PM
Explainer | Singapore election: the parties taking on the PAP on July 10

The ruling People’s Action party will face opponents in all seats for only the second time since Singapore’s independence. Here’s the lowdown on the contenders.

The ruling People’s Action party will face opponents in all seats for only the second time since Singapore’s independence. Here’s the lowdown on the contenders.

30 Jun 2020 - 4:30PM
Singapore’s Ho Ching sparks social media stir with US vs Hong Kong protests post

The wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared a cartoon on Facebook from Singapore media contrasting Donald Trump’s reaction to protests in the US and Hong Kong.

The wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared a cartoon on Facebook from Singapore media contrasting Donald Trump’s reaction to protests in the US and Hong Kong.

3 Jun 2020 - 4:56PM
George Floyd killing stirs Asian feelings on region’s own racial strife, from police custody deaths in Malaysia to Chinese privilege in Singapore

From police custody deaths in Malaysia to Chinese privilege in Singapore, the death of the unarmed black man in Minnesota has prompted Asians not only to demonstrate, but to reflect on their own prejudices too.

From police custody deaths in Malaysia to Chinese privilege in Singapore, the death of the unarmed black man in Minnesota has prompted Asians not only to demonstrate, but to reflect on their own prejudices too.

4 Jun 2020 - 10:16AM
Singaporean food photographer helps restaurants survive coronavirus lockdown by snapping fish soup and curry puffs

Restaurants have been struggling to attract customers but Jeryl Tan’s pictures of dishes, including fish soup and curry puffs, helped them make their mark online.

Restaurants have been struggling to attract customers but Jeryl Tan’s pictures of dishes, including fish soup and curry puffs, helped them make their mark online.

1 Jun 2020 - 3:30PM
Coronavirus: Singapore’s domestic workers had more work, less contact with loved ones during ‘circuit breaker’

Advocacy groups said there was a rise in complaints from helpers during the partial lockdown, and have urged employers to give workers sufficient time off so they can rest and connect with family and friends online.

Advocacy groups said there was a rise in complaints from helpers during the partial lockdown, and have urged employers to give workers sufficient time off so they can rest and connect with family and friends online.

31 May 2020 - 10:31PM
For Asians in Australia, a collective memory of racial trauma

Feelings of low self-worth and anger from discriminatory incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic are affecting the mental health of ethnic minorities.

Feelings of low self-worth and anger from discriminatory incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic are affecting the mental health of ethnic minorities.

30 May 2020 - 10:31PM
Asean and India unlikely to pressure Beijing over Hong Kong national security law: experts

Most Asean leaders see Beijing’s position on Hong Kong as part of its internal affairs, the analysts say.

Most Asean leaders see Beijing’s position on Hong Kong as part of its internal affairs, the analysts say.

29 May 2020 - 3:00PM
In Singapore, ‘digitally estranged’ seniors grapple with how to celebrate Hari Raya via FaceTime and Zoom

Even though 88 per cent of Singaporeans are internet users, those not digitally savvy feel cut off from loved ones and religious services, affecting their mental health.

Even though 88 per cent of Singaporeans are internet users, those not digitally savvy feel cut off from loved ones and religious services, affecting their mental health.

23 May 2020 - 10:52PM
Chinese aquariums eye robotic dolphins amid ban on wildlife trade

A life-size robot that looks, swims and reacts like a real dolphin: is this a glimpse of the future for marine parks?

A life-size robot that looks, swims and reacts like a real dolphin: is this a glimpse of the future for marine parks?

21 May 2020 - 7:44PM
Coronavirus: why aren’t Singapore residents using the TraceTogether contact-tracing app?

Data privacy is a concern, but the interface of Singapore’s coronavirus app is also ‘unexciting’ and a drain on one’s smartphone battery, an analyst says.

Data privacy is a concern, but the interface of Singapore’s coronavirus app is also ‘unexciting’ and a drain on one’s smartphone battery, an analyst says.

19 May 2020 - 5:52AM
Asian graduates face shattered dreams as coronavirus pandemic ravages economies

Millions of young people across Asia are entering a coronavirus-battered labour market that has forced companies to withdraw job offers, freeze hiring, cut salaries and lay people off.

Millions of young people across Asia are entering a coronavirus-battered labour market that has forced companies to withdraw job offers, freeze hiring, cut salaries and lay people off.

18 May 2020 - 1:54PM
How Singapore’s president spoke up for home businesses amid pressure to ease tighter circuit breaker rules

Halimah Yacob was praised for her empathy after she described why home-based businesses – initially banned from operating under circuit breaker rules – were important for the Malay-Muslim community.

Halimah Yacob was praised for her empathy after she described why home-based businesses – initially banned from operating under circuit breaker rules – were important for the Malay-Muslim community.

11 May 2020 - 2:07PM
Coronavirus: Singapore fortune reader offers advice on love, life and money on Facebook

As the coronavirus pandemic plunges Singapore into dark economic times, many people have turned to fortune-tellers to quell their anxieties.

As the coronavirus pandemic plunges Singapore into dark economic times, many people have turned to fortune-tellers to quell their anxieties.

3 May 2020 - 8:02PM
Coronavirus: after Little India riot, Singapore promised migrant workers decent housing. What happened?

Singapore had a blind spot in its Covid-19 response: dormitories housing tens of thousands of migrant workers. How could so many have gone unnoticed for so long?

Singapore had a blind spot in its Covid-19 response: dormitories housing tens of thousands of migrant workers. How could so many have gone unnoticed for so long?

6 May 2020 - 1:45PM
Coronavirus Singapore: online grocers see ‘explosion in demand’ amid partial lockdown

Some retailers are seeing up to triple the demand as Singapore residents stay home during the four-week circuit breaker.

Some retailers are seeing up to triple the demand as Singapore residents stay home during the four-week circuit breaker.

20 Apr 2020 - 6:19AM
Coronavirus: Singaporeans share ways to stay fed, do good and complete schoolwork amid partial lockdown

As anxious Singapore residents adjust to a new normal, a range of community initiatives have emerged to help them cope amid the coronavirus circuit breaker.

As anxious Singapore residents adjust to a new normal, a range of community initiatives have emerged to help them cope amid the coronavirus circuit breaker.

16 Apr 2020 - 8:15AM