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.
It’s a convenient argument, trotted out every time unwelcome change – unwelcome to certain groups, that is – is suggested. When faced with arguments supporting LGBT equality, freedom of expression or the abolishment of the death penalty, we get told that it is not in line with our “Asian values”. And that’s meant to be that; the discussion on becoming a more progressive society shut down with one meaningless, illogical retort.
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“Our traditional values of filial piety, humility and a focus on the family should be promoted, instead of Western values like absolute freedom of speech, sexual permissiveness or gender ambiguity.”