31 Oct '11, 5am

Why PAP is so obsessed with "Asian values"

I think once in a while, we should squint a little at this “social virtue” that is family ties. Except for our spouses, we never choose our families. We are bound to them by emotion and guilt. It is not obvious that all that sacrificing to help each other is truly satisfying to ourselves as individuals. Sometimes, our family obligations seem a very heavy burden, e.g. when we have to act as caregiver for years to an aging and dying parent, or to look after a Down’s syndrome sibling for the rest of our lives. Yet we can’t shirk that responsibility; we’ve been imbued with too great a sense of guilt, even as it greatly destroys our own freedom and happiness. Very often, there is no alternative, anyway. Either society is still so weak that there are no solutions outside the family, or, in Singapore’s case, the government, under the rubric of not undermining family responsibilit...

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