08 Mar '12, 12pm

Singapore is still a Third World country?

Singapore is still a Third World country?

One thing that has struck me since my return to Singapore after spending several years in Canada, was how the concept of race is still so entrenched in our society. I’m defined as a Chinese – I have to give that “correct” answer when asked (though I am somewhat tanned and could be Malay to some Singaporeans) and I have to write my “race” as Chinese in forms asking for my background information. When I first moved to Canada, one of the first few modules that I took in University was Anthropology 101. In that class, I learnt that the concept of biological races is nothing more than a social construct and that in fact, it is possible for 2 people that are of the same “race” to be further apart genetically compared to 2 people of different “races”. The idea shook me to the core, having been brought up to believe that there are real distinct and immutable differences between hu...

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