Tag Archives: Straits Times 18 April 2014

CURB THE ANTI-FOREIGNER RANTINGS

Singaporeans have also come to appreciate the cultural expression of foreign residents, like the Songkran water festival which is synonymous with Thai exuberance. In turn, Singapore citizens abroad and their guests are hospitably treated when they celebrate Singapore Day in a public place, as in London's Victoria Park. Plans of some Filipinos to hold a celebration at Ngee Ann City's Civic Plaza in June to mark Philippine Independence Day ought to be viewed in the same light, especially if they aim to follow a similar event held annually along Madison Avenue in New York City. Of course, some of that city's xenophobes might protest now and again but Americans in general have welcomed the enlivening effect of the parade, street fair and cultural show.

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An intimate look at the life of Chiam

A MULTIMEDIA project by four undergraduates on Singapore's longest-serving opposition politician has garnered close to 900 "likes" on Facebook since being launched this week. The project offers an intimate look at the life of Mr Chiam See Tong, and chronicles his memories of six terms spent as Potong Pasir MP as well as residents' memories of the 79-year-old. Titled My Kind Of Town after the neighbourhood's slogan, it was conceptualised and produced over the course of a year by Nanyang Technological University final-year students Wong Kar Weng, 24, Cara Chiang, 23, Basil Edward Teo, 24, and Sulaiman Daud, 26. All hail from the university's Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. The project also offers insights into Mr Chiam's life since the 2011 General Election. He has been largely out of the spotlight since, after a second stroke in 2008 and a hip injury last year.

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