Gender Equality: It is about timeGender equality does not mean that women and men need to become the same or given the same treatment, especially at the workplace. What it…
23 Mar 2022
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Local designer called out for remarks against minority women 6 months later

She claimed that Chinese women are more progressive as compared to their Malay and Indian counterparts. She even claimed that she had done her research on the emancipation of Asian women. So those were the reasons why founder and designer of local womenswear label Ong Shunmugam Priscilla Shunmugam, 40, justified her preference of designing cheongsams…
25 Mar 2022 3 mins read

Opinion: Time to de-weaponise the term “privilege”

Remember the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? Well, not any more. In what has been described as an “embattled age”, anything can be turned into a weapon, including words. Once it is out there, it is difficult to take back the words that have been “weaponised”,…
19 Feb 2022 6 mins read

When conservative will dictates creative direction

The online advertisement by Samsung Singapore was to promote its wearable tech devices. Called Listen to your Heart, it showcased the warm relationships of four couples: an ex-convict father and his daughter, a woman battling depression and her fiancée, two best friends and a mother and her cross-dressing son. The 4-minute video promotes the South…
15 Feb 2022 6 mins read

The power of humbleness and togetherness in this New Year

Chinese New Year is soon upon us and as early as a month before, commercials and films celebrating Chinese culture have made their way into our homes and lives through the TV, the computer and the mobile phone. We see how people are moved by these contents, and in just 60 to 90seconds, there are…
27 Jan 2022 3 mins read

British papers paired joss paper with Chinese New Year recipe – a taboo for Chinese

British Sunday paper The Observer’s lifestyle feature on Chinese New Year foods on 16 January has many Asian readers and netizens asking “Who died?” Headlined “Char siu pork and General Tso’s golden hake – recipes for the lunar new year”, its prop stylist Pene Parker has juxtaposed festive Sichuanese, Cantonese and Taiwanese dishes with joss…
17 Jan 2022 2 mins read

When inclusive language matters

From the time she entered the working world, Shru, 23, learnt that as an ethnic minority at the office, she needs to jump over extra hurdles.  It was a three-month internship then, and her first opportunity to work at a big public firm while she was in her second year of university. Her fellow interns…
12 Jan 2022 5 mins read

Breaking into new frontiers for Malay/Muslim youths

Data scientist Asyikeen Azhar, 32, did not realise her dream until after she started work with one of the Big Four accounting firms in Singapore. It was after five years into the job that she became restless. “I wanted to do a master’s degree and looking back to my undergraduate days, there was one module…
21 Oct 2021 6 mins read

In Conversation With: Firdaus Sani, Descendant of the seafaring Orang Laut

Meet Firdaus Sani, a fourth-generation Orang Laut, or “Person of the Sea” in Bahasa Melayu. More than a decade before he was born, Mr Firdaus’ family was asked to evacuate from Pulau Semakau.  There was very little compensation and virtually zero consultation. Despite the efforts of Mr Firdaus’s grandfather, Rani Omar, who rallied the voices…
20 Sep 2021 6 mins read

Former TV presenters say there is no racism in Mediacorp’s hiring processes

Viewers “didn’t like watching darker-skinned presenters”.   The controversial remark was allegedly made by editor-in-chief of Mediacorp Walter Fernandez in 2018 and brought to light by former BBC journalist Sharanjit Leyl in BBC World Service radio series From Our Own Correspondent in early August (2021). But do they? The 48-year-old Ms Leyl, who left BBC News…
20 Aug 2021 5 mins read

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