Commentary

The Road Ahead for Singapore’s Patriotism

If one ever loses track of the date, they would at least know when National Day draws near — it comes with quite a bit of fanfare. Funpacks are given out, songs are played, flags line the streets, National Day Parade preparations begin. We are accustomed to these traditions, but what do they really mean for us? And really, what does patriotism look like today?

Commentary

“Racist, or Just Culturally Insensitive”: Why Not Both?

Since the PA’s high-profile misstep regarding a Hari Raya standee several weeks ago, we’ve witnessed the debate turn into an intractable tug-of-war between those who saw it as “racist”, and those who didn’t.

It’s clear, however, that both sides of the debate understand the term somewhat differently, and it’s these understandings I attempt to unpack here.