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Unwrapped: The challenges of being a parentIn our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans. Today’s children are expected to be…
27 Jan 2022
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Unwrapped: The challenges of being a parent

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans. Today’s children are expected to be perfect in every way so having…

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Who cares about migrant rights?In 2021, calls for the government to outlaw the ferrying of migrant workers in the back of lorries came after three accidents in the span…
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Unwrapped: The challenges of being a parent

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans. Today’s children are expected to be perfect in every way so having kids and bringing them up in Singapore can be daunting. This is especially so when, as parents, you need to ensure they develop a sense…
27 Jan 2022 1 min read

To vax or not to vax … is that still a question?

Since the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines rolled out in Singapore in December 2020, a rift between people on both sides of the decision to be inoculated began and is set to widen over time. From the initial narrative to the public in December 2020 by then Health Minister Gan Kim Yong that vaccination is…
26 Jan 2022 5 mins read

The caning debate: To smack or not to smack

It may range from a quick smack on the fingers, to a full-fledged caning on the buttocks. For a long time, the debate has raged on — does such physical punishment have a place in parenting?  While the Pope says it is ok “as long as it is done with dignity”, many experts say the…
24 Jan 2022 6 mins read

Unwrapped: Why many abuse those merely carrying out their duties

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans. The number of cases of people abusing those in the service industry for merely doing their jobs have spiked. In this week’s episode, we examine why so many are abusive towards front liners such as nurses,…
20 Jan 2022 1 min 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

Divorce by Mutual Agreement – Acknowledging we are human

The much discussed amendment to the Women’s Charter, allowing married couples to divorce amicably and still remain friends was finally passed on 10 January. During the Parliamentary debate and subsequent interviews with family lawyers, much of the focus had been on the benefits of less acrimony between divorcing couples, the impact on divorce rates and…
13 Jan 2022 2 mins read

Is Singapore ready to accept the LGBTQ+ community?

During a dialogue at the Institute of Policy Studies and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies’ (IPS-RSIS) conference on identity held in November 2021, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said the current age has given rise to “new tribalism”— where tribal lines or identity politics was not just drawn across racial lines, but across other markers…
11 Jan 2022 3 mins read

Frontline workers don’t want a lot for Christmas, just our empathy

In the blink of an eye, Christmas is again upon us. Friends and family aside, the pandemic has put healthcare workers, service staff and drivers at the frontline of the longstanding crisis — as well as in our minds — this giving season.  In an earlier opinion piece, TheHomeGround Asia writer Victoria-Marie Er questioned the…
22 Dec 2021 4 mins read

Strong public support for Good Samaritan Food Donation Law in Singapore

Here is an ethical conundrum for you: A restaurant donates its excess food to needy beneficiaries who had gone without at least three meals a day. But one of the beneficiaries ended up with food poisoning.  Does the restaurant deserve to be sued?  Before you answer “yes”, remember that Singapore generates about 700,000 to 800,000…
26 Nov 2021 3 mins read

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