31 Aug '14, 12am

Is Singapore a racist country?

Is Singapore a racist country?

Born and bred in Singapore, Surekha A. Yadav is a freelance journalist in Southeast Asia. AUGUST 31 — Often in the lift that deposits me on my flat’s floor, I am quizzed by curious neighbours and their ilk on my Singaporean-ness. “Where are you from girl?” “Singapore” “Then your mother? India lah?” “No. Singapore. You?” “I’m Singaporean lah.” The perpetrators of these questions are usually Chinese. They are polite, often friendly exchanges but unfortunately they belie a persistent and pervasive Chinese chauvinism that, too often, underlies this nation. The Chinese identity — the C in the oft-used CMIO (Chinese Malay Indian Other) construct the state is so enamored with, is the default identity. If you aren’t Chinese you need to justify your Singaporeaness, and even so you’ll never be quite as Singaporean as a Singaporean Chinese. In a very astute commentary published last ...

Full article: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/opinion/surekha-a-yadav...

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