October 11, 2013
Peace: New Mandala. Image: courtesy asiapacific.anu.edu/newmandala/ Peace1-e135263978498/
The city-state of Singapore is a profitable tropical island trading station in South-East Asia. It stands as the most economically developed country in the region, despite effects of the world’s War on Terror on business. It strives to keeping balance among human race by using visions and strategies dubbed as the “New Asia-Singapore.” This culture expresses the essence of a vibrant, multicultural, sophisticated place where tradition and modernity, East and West meet in harmony (Ooi, 2004). The government’s present policy is to maintain the multi-cultural society by preserving the distinct cultural identity of each ethnic community (Lim, 1989). In order for all parts of society to reach mutual success, an openess to diverse ethnic factors and sensitivity to culture, politics, housing, and education are a must for maintaining racial harmony.
– Angela J. Newton, Traditional BSN Nursing Program, University of Massachusetts Boston. Voice of the Future 2013-2014.
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April 8, 2013
Sultan Mosque, photo by Judhi Prasetyo, Creative Commons
Located on a strait running between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, Singapore connects China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The port holds the record for shipping tonnage among all global ports. A city of the world, Singapore has four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. As early as 1800s, houses of worship included the Sultan Mosque, Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, Taoist Wak Hai Cheng Temple, and Buddhist Kuan Yin Temple. Can Singapore inspire more empathy and multiculturalism in our world?
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June 19, 2012
No study of Singapore’s contributions to history could be complete without mention of the “Singapore Sling,” a cocktail invented in 1915 in the Raffles Hotel by Ngiam Tong Boon, a bartender of multicultural background. The mélange of ingredients in the exotic drink turns the potion pink. Interested in cuisine? A mix of Chinese and Malay traditions resulted in a new kind of fare called Peranakan or Nonya cuisine. Travelers say the dishes pair well with a certain concoction made by Ngiam Tong Boon.
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