Through measures like annual Racial Harmony Day celebrations in schools, Singapore is careful to promote peace between ethnic groups. Photo: Kevin Lim
Balli Kaur Jaswal
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Balli Kaur Jaswal

The race riots remain Singapore’s biggest bogeyman. It’s time to have an honest discussion about prejudice

  • A controversy in Singapore over a brownface ad and a provocative rap video has highlighted divisions in the island state, even though the government goes to great pains to promote racial harmony

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Through measures like annual Racial Harmony Day celebrations in schools, Singapore is careful to promote peace between ethnic groups. Photo: Kevin Lim
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Illustration: Stephen Case
Andy Xie
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Andy Xie

Hong Kong and Singapore, so similar yet so different – it’s all about housing, money and politics

  • Political power is supreme in Singapore, while money dominates politics in Hong Kong. Why can’t Beijing see how the dreams of Hong Kong youth are being crushed?
  • With housing so out of reach, any spark can trigger uncontrollable riots. Instead of being amazed by city’s turmoil, one should wonder why it took so long

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Illustration: Stephen Case
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