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Refuse To Behave – Amos Yee

So what’s new? There’s another first for Singapore. Foul-mouthed, arrogant, annoying but incredibly articulate teen rebel Amos Yee has been granted political asylum in the US! As expected, this ground-shaking piece of news (also a…


Behind The Smile

It’s not even a month after reports on Joshua Robinson’s apparent slap on the wrist for “sexual assault” had Singaporeans up in arms. Now, we’ve got another case of a seemingly inadequate punishment for a…



It’s All About Me

This morning, I went for a run on the PCN from Punggol Promenade to Tampines Road, a distance of about 5km. As usual, I had to dodge scores of bikes and scooters. I estimated that…


The Beauty Trap 美人计

Not all victories were decided on the battlefield in ancient China. Seemingly invincible warriors have been defeated not by even stronger warriors but by sweet and dainty women with a plot. The Beauty Trap or…


Should Not and Ought Not

Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah: “Regarding the trickle-down effect that the water price increase would have on the cost of other goods such as coffee and tea, the cost of…


The Wise The Foolish & The Slave

by Lu Xun (1881-1936), translated from Chinese by Chan Joon Yee The slave was merely looking for someone to vent his frustrations. That’s all he wanted and that’s all he could hope for. One day,…


Three Kingdoms Revisited, Revised, Revamped

The Han Dynasty of China went through numerous trials and tribulations, ups and downs over a period of over 400 years. In its latter days, power struggle within the palace would result in child emperors…


Happy Valentines Day

When was the first time you had any inkling of what romance is? Cinderella? Snow White? Sleeping Beauty? I’m not sure what kind of stories are told in our kindergartens these days, but during my…