Friday, 12 April 2013

Based on the article, what are your thoughts about how we as Singaporeans should build our identity?

Dear 401,

Please comment on the above question :)

Love,
Ms Thia and Mdm Azizah

15 comments:

  1. I think that we should work harder to not lose to the foreign talents, treating them more as friendly competition. I think that they are good examples to follow in terms of study habits and actually really great people if you get to know them. Therefore, we should work together to build a greater community with these foreign talents as a nation that accepts others well.

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  2. They should strive to build a postitive identity instead of maintaining the current one. They can build a postitive identity by changing their mindset and trying to influence other Singaporeans into doing the same.

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  3. I don't really think we should have a "Singaporean Identity".An identity causes people to stereotype others.An example would be,if the Singaporean Identity is one of highly educated people,people from other countries would expect Singaporeans to ALL be smart people.Its the same for a bad identity.I do not like the concept of Singaporeans having a identity that people will stereotype us as.Singaporeans should be diverse with a large range of personalities,attitudes and talents.

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  4. Currently, our identity as a Singaporean is pretty negative. We are commonly regarded as "Third-World Citizens" in a First-World Country, with really negative traits such as "Kiasu" or "Choping". We could start by building our character itself. We could be known for actually being kind, and selfless, although that will be quite difficult given the fact humans are selfish by nature. However, it's not impossible. We can see the government's effort in this with the recent "Kindness Movement" and campaigns (It's also kind of ridiculous as we are probably the only country in the world to have a Kindness campaign). We should work on this, together, from the perspective of the level of our families, then we can expand to our neighbourhood. This will make the process easier by tackling the problem phase-by-phase.

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  5. I bereeve singapore should have an identity of being open to other cultures but still retain our own.

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  6. Our identity are the little things we do that are 'uniquely' Singaporean but also at the same time not too mannered. Examples including 'choping', 'Singlish' and our less then proper command of English, which many Singaporeans are guilty of. Another identity of Singaporeans are 'muggers' because an Asian without an A is just sian.

    To rebuild build our identity, there should be a massive overhaul of the social structure and everyone needs to practice etiquette and manners more. We could learn from places like British and Icelanders because they are friendly people.

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  7. Tan Siah Wei4/12/2013 12:44 pm

    We should build an identity comprising of proper social etiquette, where we can go to most countries, and they go "I like Singaporeans, they're interesting tourists", rather than "they are so inconsiderate, and are self-centered." We should take our current identity, and improve upon it, to create a socially acceptable identity.

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  8. I think that Singaporeans should work towards a positive identity and build upon a diverse racial identity because Singapore has a wide range of different races. Being able to embrace the diversity here can be a good positivity

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  9. Whats the point of 'building a Singaporean identity' when the government decides whatever we are by propaganda.





    -CyxSamxJonxIlya

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  10. I think that singaporeans should stop being so competitive. By media influenced, we are exposed to the rest of the world as a well moraled citizens. However, its as though we have progressed so fast that our ways are still traditional. We are educated as a student that competitive culture are appreciated. We should skip the idea of being competitive.

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  11. Singpore's identity should be on how we can work together and move forward as a country instead of being judged as a small country

    -JQ

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  12. I think we should continue to promote celebrating different cultures as that is what we are mostly known for.

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  13. Singaporeans' identity is a multi-racial society. We are mostly represented by our own adaptation of language which is Singlish. Singaporeans should be more welcoming to other foreigners to be able to maintain this multi-racial society. We should have foreigners come in at a younger age so that the foreigners can grow up to be a part of the Singaporean culture

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  14. I feel that we should not take things for granted just becuz we're living in Sinapore. -jonathan learn to adapt

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  15. Firstly, we should know what we want as or identity. Personally, I feel that since singapore is a very integrated society with many different races, singaporeans should make "diversity/adaptability" as our identity. To have this identity, we should be more understanding and appreciative to the other races.

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