05 Jun '11, 1am

'Half-pats' - or children of Western expats here - find the grass greener in Singapore

'Half-pats' - or children of Western expats here - find the grass greener in Singapore

The work opportunities and cultural diversity here are some reasons why children of expats such as Mr Hughes and Ms McAdam have returned and found jobs here. Mr Hughes is now the duty manager and music director at the Prince of Wales bar, a live music haunt in Little India, while Ms McAdam is a business analyst with Accenture here. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN They are the 'half-pats' - children of Western expats, raised here but not sure where to call home. For decades, these youngsters have tended to up sticks after school to study or seek work back in their countries of origin, with Singapore filed away as a diverting Asian interlude. But this neither-here-nor-there generation is increasingly realising that the grass might just be greener in Singapore after all. The sea change is the result of some harsh realities: Many Western economies are flatlining, and the future i...

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