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Dear reader, “First she wore the tudung, then she no longer wanted to mix with us.” I have long heard some version of this argument—the slippery slope of conservatism and isolation—applied to Muslim women in Singapore. Proponents, fed by official narratives, imagine a world in which we can...

Fiachra Ross   |  

The tudung issue is a microcosm of a much larger problem in society—our refusal to recognise the full differences that make up the reality of our lives in Singapore.

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Tharman Shanmugaratnam on moving multiculturalism beyond public and common spaces, green initiatives at the Grand Prix, producing alt-meat using magnetic pulses, and much more.

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Dear reader, Today, we’ve published a powerful, moving account of one Singaporean’s 30-year mental health journey. It takes us from the emotional fragility and fluctuations of teenage boarding school in 1980s’ England, to mid-40s’ introspection sparked by Covid isolation in a Singapore flat. It's a piece that must...

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The rich and their good class bungalows, ISD and the thought police, workplace discrimination, Singapore Writers Festival, TikTok's future, and more

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Dear reader, Today, we’ve published our first-ever postcard from a Singaporean abroad: Amandas Ong, a London-based journalist, tells us about her experiences reporting from Ukraine. We also have a bumper issue of Singapore This Week, which includes our thoughts on a great new book by Anthea Ong, former nominated...

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Book of reflections from NMPs, collecting your DNA, new status on state symbols, Jakarta Concert Orchestra, Shopee shuts down further, and more.

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Dear reader, This week, Jom has a new social media manager. Taahira Ayoob has replaced Fiachra Ross, who’s left for his Masters. In other words, a brown woman has replaced a white guy. Hang on. Why even mention skin colour and gender? It makes me uncomfortable to look at...

Abhishek Mehrotra   |  

Havelock, Neill and Outram, "heroes" of the 1857 war in India, were brutal, murderous generals. Singapore's street names offer an avenue to discover our colonial past, and also a path to understand our future.

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Philippines president's state visit, new net zero targets by 2050, largest exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, rail connections to Malaysia, and more.

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Dear reader, I wanted to share some thoughts on the main talk of the town: the admission by Joseph Schooling that he and fellow swimmer Amanda Lim had sparked up in Hanoi in May, during the SEA Games. Big deal, many liberals might say. It’s just weed. Conservatives were...

Paul Ng   |  

Traditions once thought archaic are being reimagined by young Singaporeans. By appeasing his ancestors every year with his mum, Paul Ng learns something about his past—and maybe his future too.

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Jean Hew   |  

By framing the traditional family unit as fundamental to Singapore’s survival, we deprive ourselves of the chance to shape a more expansive, inclusive vision of love, family, and society.

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