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Pride Over Prejudice

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Pride Over Prejudice

Pride Over Prejudice: Singaporeans react to comments by and about new immigrants

01 Oct 2021 12:53am

In this reaction video, Singaporeans read out comments made by respondents in a 2014 Institute Of Policy Studies (IPS) study on the integration of new immigrants in the Singapore heartlands. How resonant are these sentiments today in 2021?

About the Show

“Pride Over Prejudice” is a two-part documentary that uncovers the roots of prejudice between ethnic & immigrant communities in Singapore and explores how pride in multicultural identity, values & heroes can overcome differences.

The first episode “Pride in an Unnatural Nation” unpacks the hope and challenge of growing a Singaporean identity in a multicultural nation which inherited age-old ethnic prejudices from its colonial past as well as competing nationalisms from the motherlands of its immigrant citizenry.

The second episode “Prejudice in a Global City” investigates problems absorbing newer waves of immigrants into the social fabric of post-independence Singapore. In 2020, over 1 in 3 persons in Singapore wasn’t a citizen. Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic reveal underlying fear and discomfort among native-born Singaporeans about the many “strange, new faces” in their midst.

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