Research

How Discrimination Kills Gay Men in Singapore

Contrary to the Prime Minister's stated position of "Live and Let Live", cradle to grave discrimination in Singapore results in gay men being economically poorer and less healthy, and consequently leading shorter and more impoverished lives.
  • John Lee
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Bridging the Divide in Migrant Worker Research

Identifying and acknowledging points of convergence and divergence could go a long way in enabling more collaborations between academics and NGOs when it comes to research into migrant worker issues.
  • Nicholas Harrigan
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From Closet to Pride

Vietnamese artists like Truong Tan formed the vanguard of LGBTQ visibility in a country where “traditional customs” carry much weight.
  • Cristina Nualart
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The Duterte Playbook

The “War on Drugs” waged over a year now by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is not about addressing drug crime at all. It’s the use of violence for political control and it’s happened before—in Davao City.
  • Sol Iglesias
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Poor People Don’t Like Oats Either

How we imagine people—their capacities, values, and moral worth—shapes how we treat them. The myths, imaginations, and assumptions about poverty, wealth, welfare, and wellbeing in contemporary Singapore are important to confront because they affect how people are oriented to each other in society, how problems are defined and consequently how they are dealt with or overlooked.
  • Teo You Yenn
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Myths and Facts: Migrant Workers in Singapore

Singapore, as a society, is not able to properly comprehend, let alone address, the precise problems facing migrant workers, because of three pervasive myths about low-wage temporary migrant workers.
  • Charan Bal
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Maze and Minefield: Reflections on Multiculturalism in Singapore

To work on multiculturalism in Singapore is to wander in a wondrous maze of diversities and their limitless combinations and exchanges. However, it is also to walk into a minefield of complexity, challenge and conflict in which one can easily get confused and lost, encounter misunderstanding and misjudgement, and experience uncertainty and anxiety.
  • Lai Ah Eng
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Justifying Colonial Rule in Post-Colonial Singapore

Both the British colonial government and the post-independence People's Action Party government have used the same three myths to justify their policies. But how true are these myths?
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Rethinking Race: Beyond the CMIO Categorisations

In emphasising racial differences, we are also denying our commonality as members of the same nation. Being Chinese, Malay or Indian, means that we cannot just be Singaporean.
  • Laavanya Kathiravelu
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