Originally published in the Yale-NUS International Relations and Political Association newsletter, Affairs.  When “Occupy Central” protestors first flooded the streets of Hong Kong, the world cheered them on through Twitter and Facebook. The flurry of SolidaritywithHongKong hash tags on social… Read More ›

The hard truth behind Roy Ngerng’s case

Politicians in Singapore have a history of guarding their reputations closely, and as seen in Goh Chok Tong v.s Jeyaretnam, high-profile defamation suits between our incumbent ministers and the feisty opposition occur now and then. A few days ago, the news broke that… Read More ›

Why stand up for Barbie when she can’t

Earlier this year, an artist by the name of Nickolay Lamm raised over $95,000 via crowd-sourcing platforms to manufacture Lammily, a toy product whose selling point is how tediously average she is. The target group: body-image conscious parents who wish to reject… Read More ›

The. Selling. Must. Stop.

Under Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act, additional safeguards have been implemented to shield consumers from unwanted marketing efforts. As an 18-year old, I rarely find it difficult to extricate myself from eager salesmen – “I’m still a student” is a magical phrase that immediately redirects… Read More ›