Janadas Devan: Choosing the better angles of our nature
Given that Singapore’s mode of nationalism is a composition of trans-national cultural identities, how can conflicting multiple identities be dealt with? Bearing in mind that pragmatic trade-offs between national and cultural identities have been made, has this resulted in nurturing a stronger Singaporean identity? [...]
Arun Mahizhnan: Porn Masala – Balancing Artistic Freedom and Public Good
How extensive should government censorship be for public good? Using the example of local filmmaker Ken Kwek’s Porn Masala, is such fear of the pollution of the public sphere justified? How does the government know what the people want, and even so – should majority view prevail over the minority? [...]
Gillian Koh: How government – civil society engagement can move forward
The recent dismissal of former Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) board director Mr Nizam Ismail highlights the stand both the government and civic activists take on civic activism in Singapore. How will this incident change how civic activists operate? With many activists wearing different hats, is there a practical code of conduct that can be implemented? How can the engagement process be eased for a more beneficial way forward? [...]
Carol Soon: Talking to each other: Do we have what it takes?
Effective government-citizen dialogue requires three ingredients – authenticity, egalitarianism and informed participation. As Singapore transits to a more inclusive model of distributed problem solving, how can the quality of policy criticisms and suggestions be improved? What is lacking and how can public information be better communicated and disseminated? [...]
Zhou Rongchen: Dialects – where do they belong in our language environment?
Despite the government’s long-standing stance against dialects, there have been recent petitions to reintroduce dialects once again in the media sphere. What are the advantages of dialects in today’s world? Besides being living languages that continue to remain relevant, do dialects impede learning a mother tongue? [...]