31 Jul '17, 2am

Being racially ambiguous in Singapore

I am a Singaporean. I was born and raised here. But unfortunately, I fall into the category of "Others" because I am not Chinese, Malay, or Indian. I am 20, but I still find myself struggling to explain my ethnicity to other people. My NRIC states that I am a Ceylonese. I come from a family with diverse backgrounds. My father is of Egyptian and Sri Lankan descent, while my mother is part Japanese, Algerian, and Sri Lankan. Growing up, race was never a concern. My parents never forced my siblings and I to abide by cultural, or even religious norms. For example, dressing conservatively and arranged marriages. They always reminded us that our values and experiences make us who we are. That we are defined by our principles and what we stand for. So, I never distinguished people by colour, and I never identified myself by race. MY SIBLINGS AND I GREW UP WITHOUT SEEING COLOUR. P...

Full article: https://www.youth.sg/Our-Voice/Opinions/2016/11/Being-rac...

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