12 May '11, 5am

Tourists know Singapore better than Singaporeans

As students in Singapore, we were taught about our nation in Social Studies lesson, so we really should be able to answer the basic questions about Singapore. But doing cross-cultural coursework, my group was assigned to research the Merlion. I felt ashamed because as a Singaporean, I did not know the story behind our national icon. This led me to thinking that tourists might be more knowlegable about Singapore than we are. Another reason that made me feel so is that I have an Indonesian friend who has been studying in Singapore since she was young. She would talk about the tourist attractions here but I, a Singaporean, have never been to these places and only have a little knowledge of them. This morning, I sent a message to my Indonesian friend to ask if she knew the Merlion's story and she said yes. I feel ashamed of myself. I think it is because we think that we have o...

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