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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

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

In Conversation With: Harold Koh, CEO and founder of Nextevo

From working with cars in the Philippines to overseeing pineapple farms in Indonesia, 58-year-old Harold Koh now finds himself coming full circle. He is back in his hometown Singapore, building his fabric manufacturing company that is centred around one key word – sustainability. Today, Mr Koh is the CEO and founder of Nextevo, a fabric…
27 Jun 2022 6 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

Coming out to mum and dad and what you wish they had said

In a Youth Survey carried out in 2021 by news platform TODAY polling 1,066 respondents between the ages of 18 and 35, 75 percent of Singapore youth were willing to form close friendships with friends or colleagues who are in a same-sex relationship. The survey also found while 4 in 5 were willing to work…
27 Jun 2022 4 mins read

Big Read Unwrapped: The physical and mental price paid by caregivers

According to Howard Gleckman, a published author and writer whose professional expertise is founded on long-term care, health care, elder care, tax policy, budget policy and economics, it costs families more to care for a frail older adult than to raise a child for the first 17 years of his life. In our monthly Big…
26 Jun 2022 5 mins read

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