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Unwrapped: Will the Forward Singapore Roadmap actually engage Singaporeans?

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans. Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong launched Forward Singapore this week as a roadmap for a society that benefits many, not just a few. The roadmap involves six key pillars: economy and jobs, education and lifelong learning,…
1 Jul 2022 1 min read

Former Olympian and maker of track stars M Harichandra dies

He represented Malaysia as a 800m runner at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne before coming to Singapore to work as a Prisons officer. But M Harichandra never left his love to run. He took a group of young athletes under his wing and turned them into track stars including Serjit Singh, whose 46-year-old long…
30 Jun 2022 2 mins read

Booming busking scene: Growing industry or just a one-off success?

It seemed like a concert last Saturday as busker Jeff Ng captivated the masses outside the Cathay. Fans numbered in the hundreds waved their light sticks and smart phones to the beat of his music and sang in unison to the Mandarin melodies that Mr Ng was belting.  The 32 year-old musician has been performing…
30 Jun 2022 4 mins read

Start-up Stars: Lifting weights at the Kampung Gym with Tan Yiren & Poon Shuqi

For better health and a longer life span, exercise is more important than merely losing weight. Instead, getting fit has evolved into being more functional and embracing a better quality of life. At the turn of the millennium, the Latin dance moves of Zumba and the high-intensity competition dominated. Today there is the community of…
29 Jun 2022 1 min read

Defying age barriers at world track and field championship

They just came off the two-day Singapore Masters Track & Field Association (SMTFA) International Masters Track & Field Championships early June and there is no letting up. These 13 Singapore athletes, the youngest at 35 and the oldest 75, flew off on 27 June to take part in the World Masters Athletics in Tampere, Finland.…
29 Jun 2022 2 mins read

Breaking stereotypes for the LGBTQ+ community in Singapore media

According to LGBTQ+ media advocacy group GLAAD, queer representation on US television has hit a record high in 2022, with nearly 12 per cent of regular characters portrayed as LGBTQ+, up from 2.8 per cent in 2021. Lived experiences are complex and it is sometimes a challenge to capture diversity in its entirety, which makes…
27 Jun 2022 6 mins read

Respect for all: Every LGBTQ student matters, or do they?

When Charissa, who is in a same-sex relationship with her partner, came out about her sexuality in her late teens, it was not to a very inclusive environment. “It was in 2015. I was 18 and I remember coming out to my family somewhere between the end of 2015 and early 2016 when my mental…
27 Jun 2022 4 mins read

The impact of not legalising same-sex marriage

A lesbian couple had wanted to hold their wedding in June – Pride Month, dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities all around the world. This is especially exceptional since this year, it is 50 years old. Unfortunately, Parkroyal Collection Pickering, the hotel where the couple planned to hold their wedding, turned them away.  A screenshot of…
27 Jun 2022 5 mins read

Being queer and fighting for LGBTQ+ rights in socially conservative Singapore

Coming out can be a singularly frightening experience for those who do not conform to the cisgender, heteronormative (cishet) society, especially within socially conservative Singapore. Mr Sean Foo, founder of leading LGBTQ+ publication Dear Straight People and creator of Singapore’s first Boys’ Love (BL) web drama series Getaway, says he was afraid of coming out…
27 Jun 2022 7 mins read

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