Learning Chinese is mandatory for Singaporean Chinese. For the sake of unity in such a multi-ethnic society, should schoolchildren not be encouraged to learn another’s mother tongue as their second or third language? Photo: Shutterstock
Wee Kek Koon
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Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

In ancient China, an emperor enforced the Chinese language to strengthen his state, what is Singapore’s reasoning?

In Singapore, Chinese Singaporean schoolchildren must learn Mandarin as a second language. As people of Chinese ancestry, do they have a moral obligation to speak the language?

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Learning Chinese is mandatory for Singaporean Chinese. For the sake of unity in such a multi-ethnic society, should schoolchildren not be encouraged to learn another’s mother tongue as their second or third language? Photo: Shutterstock
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An anti-Japanese rally in the South Korean capital, Seoul, to mark the anniversary of the liberation from Japan's colonial rule. Photo: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
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Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Korea under Japanese rule: the violent killing of a queen that led to a century of animosity

Queen Min was fiercely opposed to Japan’s designs on her country. Her brutal murder galvanised a nation against its oppressors, a sentiment that continues to this day

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An anti-Japanese rally in the South Korean capital, Seoul, to mark the anniversary of the liberation from Japan's colonial rule. Photo: AFP
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