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In Singapore identity politics and the concept of "chinese privilege" seems to be growing

Readers new to this debate may be interested in my more extensive interview on Chinese Privilege, gender and intersectionality with Sangeetha Thanapal published on boundary2.org. People of Chinese descent make up 70% of the population of Singapore. Singapore Chinese, as they are termed, enjoy systemic, racialized and institutional privilege in the country as opposed to the countries’ minorities (primarily racialized as Indian and Malay). “Chinese privilege”, as Sangeetha Thanapal has named it , functions very similarly to white privilege in the United States and Europe. To use Peggy McClintock’s notion of white privilege and the invisible knapsack, Chinese privilege functions like an “invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious. [Chinese] privilege is like an invisible weightless backpack ...

Full article: https://medium.com/chinese-privilege/to-my-dear-fellow-si...

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