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