Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.
Singapore's history – as most of us know it – is short and oft-repeated. We learn it in school and see it constantly replayed year upon year in National Day celebrations. Framed as a 'rags to riches' story, we're encouraged to feel deep pride in how far we've come and how we've proved naysayers wrong by being the tiny island that made good.
Which is why Stephanie Koh (also known as Steph Micayle) set off an uproar when she said she wasn’t proud to be a Singaporean. A contestant from reality TV show K-pop Star Hunt 3, her comments propelled her into the public eye, gaining the attention of even of those with no interest in Korean pop culture.
Koh's comments weren't particular earth-shattering. Her criticism – relating to Singapore's regimentedRead More »from COMMENT: Why should national pride be compulsory?