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November 24, 2020

Against The Grain: Rejecting Ethnicity

Are Southeast Asian states truly multicultural societies? Not according to Professor Syed Farid Alatas (NUS Sociology and Malay Studies). In ‘Against The Grain: Rejecting Ethnicity’ in The Edge Malaysia, Prof Alatas discusses how Southeast Asia’s colonial past has shaped its ethnic relations. Prof Alatas lays out the arbitrary nature of racial categories, through which colonial …

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November 23, 2020

Race, reintegration, and social capital in Singapore

The International Day for Tolerance is observed every 16th of November to celebrate diversity and reject prejudice against other cultures. In Singapore, the recidivism rate of Malays and Indians is disproportionately high compared to the Chinese majority. In ‘Race, reintegration, and social capital in Singapore’ (International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 2016), Associate …

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November 20, 2020

Home is Where We Are

The Straits Times’ “Singapore Shelf” featured Professor Wang Gungwu’s (NUS History) Home is Where We Are (NUS Press, 2020) as the best pick among recently published local books. Each month, “Singapore Shelf” selects its top five picks from “hot-off-the-press home-grown books” to recommend to its readers in genres ranging from fiction to non-fiction and even …

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