Society and Social Policy

5 mins

Women's empowerment no protection from domestic violence

17 Jan 2019
New research has found women face an increasingly dangerous situation at home as they gain greater control of their lives.
5 mins

China's worrying mandatory social credit system

14 Dec 2018
The world's first digital social credit system is troubling many experts who fear it is ripe for abuse. What are its possible effects on Chinese society?
5 mins

Elderly suicide: How to address the rising trend in Asia’s ageing population?

12 Dec 2018
Suicide among the elderly reached a record high in Singapore in 2017. Sadly, this trend is reflected in Asia and around the world. What can/should be done?
7 mins

Income inequality can be solved with multi-pronged social policies that are prudent and on time

27 Nov 2018
Over the years, there has been a massive global consensus on the disadvantages of rising inequality, its impact on the economy and society, and why policymakers should take it seriously.
5 mins

Meritocracy in Singapore: Solution or problem?

13 Nov 2018
Amidst increasingly heated debates on inequality, we look at an important tenet of governance in Singapore and whether it perpetuates existing class divides, to the detriment of lower income Singaporeans.
7 mins

The Future of Journalism Reflects the Uncontroversial Future of Capitalism

01 Nov 2018
Everywhere you look, journalism is in crisis.
5 mins

Reimaging the Immigrant Experience in Singapore

31 Oct 2018
The Singaporean film “A Land Imagined” is among a crop of indie films that turn the spotlight on Singapore’s immigrants and their relationships with its citizens.
5 mins

Clearing the air on tobacco investments

13 Oct 2018
Singapore Inc's tobacco stakes seem to contradict tough official stance.
5 mins

Why move to reduce examinations and emphasis on grades is disconcerting, but necessary

02 Oct 2018
Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung dropped what seemed to be a bombshell last week: a suite of changes aimed at reducing the emphasis on examinations and grades in Primary and Secondary schools.
5 mins

Crazy Rich Asians, Slumdog Millionaire and How the Media Disempowers the Have-nots

17 Sep 2018
In a world divided into watertight socio-economic circles, a lack of agency among the poor seems to be the accepted norm.