Commentary Writers' Block

Writers’ Block: National Day Theme Songs Battle Royale

The time to belt out tunes in an endless loop to affirm our patriotism is back again! These songs that we recognise in a heartbeat make us feel like we’re home, rallies us to stand up for Singapore, and brings us together as one united people. We ask Ignite’s writers to chime in — what do they see in their favourite National Day theme song?


“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.

Commentary Writers' Block

Writers’ Block: Moving into Phase 3

Singaporeans were abuzz with mixed reactions on Friday (June 18) when the Government announced that Phase Three (heightened alert) would reopen in two phases due to the recent spike in Covid-19 community cases. While some celebrated the reopening of gyms and maskless indoor exercise on June 21, others lamented the delay in returning to dining out in groups of five.