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.
In his latest “Big Idea”, Singapore’s Thinking Asian Kishore Mahbubani suggested three narratives that we should tell ourselves to “strengthen the Singapore spirit”. By perpetuating narratives of Singapore’s economic success, racial harmony and social equality (or “caring”), Mahbubani believes that we will come together to squeeze out a Singaporean spirit that will be the envy of the world.
The piece is stunningly superficial, glossing over a host of issues without acknowledging even the possibility of different experiences. His claim that immigrants to America have shed “deep national identities” in favour of being American seems bafflingly out-of-touch. Anyone who has followed the case of George Zimmerman and his shooting of blackRead More »from COMMENT: Why Singaporeans don't need to be told another 'success' story