In this article, we specially look into three social enterprises that have modified their scope of beneficiaries — Art for Good, Pope Jai Thai and The Nail Social — widening it to cater to groups of people badly affected by the pandemic and how their business operations have changed while doing so.
As part of our multi-segment look at how the different activist sectors are responding to the COVID-19’s impacts on their programmes and outreach, we zoom into Singapore’s very own arts scene.
This week, we had the opportunity to have a conversation with a representative from Arts House Limited – an organisation dedicated to enriching the Singaporean scene through the arts.
Almost a yearly affair, the existence of Special Assistance Programme (SAP) schools has been questioned again and again, only to be justified yet again and again. We would have to trace its origins to understand its purpose and then unpack the privileges gifted to the SAP schools, which brings us to the central question: does their continued existence pose more harm than good?
LGBTQIA+ advocates are no strangers to the internet and many of its earliest organisations were first birthed in this space. Is the online sphere the safe haven many often associate it to be? And has it been as inclusive as it claims to be for all members of the community?
In this post, we talk to Lune to find out.
As Singapore reaches fifty-five, it’s always fun to reflect on the pride of our nation and question the extent of which these feelings of pride are genuine or enforced messages from “nation-building”.
I posed this question to my tiny following of university graduates and aunts that strayed from Facebook: Are you proud to be a Singaporean?
As with all controversial things uploaded online, the video was swiftly taken down but the damage had already been done. Joanna Theng and Jaime Wong, the two featured in the video, also issued apologies of their own, before the former decided to “take some time off social media”. Despite the criticism, some have come to their defence, asserting that the pair were merely expressing their own harmless opinions. And this is where I disagree.
You may have noticed the same few uncles or aunties sitting at a corner of the coffee shop near your house, or staring into space at the void deck.
Have you ever thought of what kept them alone all these while?
Even if you may not have taken notice of them, home alone elderly will soon be a prominent issue in Singapore.
The current pandemic has unveiled many structural issues at home, from the cramped living conditions of migrant workers to the under-payed services that are often essential. While there are a
host of things to work on moving toward a new normal, one important topic seems to have escaped mainstream discussion amid all that is going on – mental health in Singapore.
Xiao Mei Mei. A familiar trope that most Singaporeans have grown up with. However, after spending about two hours in TikTok hell and coming across at least 20 XMMs staring at me through the screen a thought occurred to me. Is this right?
Though the circuit breaker period has revealed many who have fallen through the cracks of Singapore society, it has also spotlighted the work of various peoples and organisations who are stepping in to plug the gap. In this series, we hear from activists to find out how COVID-19 has changed their different fields of activism, including mental health, migrant worker advocacy and LGBTQ rights.