IPS Update Issue September 2018

15 Sep 2018


In the Spotlight

P1_120918Young Singaporeans Conference 2018

Date: 27-28 November 2018
Time: 27 Nov (6.00pm–9.30pm), 28 Nov (9.00am–9.30pm)

The Young Singaporeans Conference (YSC) is a biennial flagship event of IPS. This year’s 1.5 day Conference is themed “Disruptions”. It provides an opportunity for young Singaporeans to articulate their views on the various forms of disruptions we are experiencing today. The Conference aims to document the voices, ideas and aspirations of youths today, and contribute to an exchange between youths and the wider society.

IPS is looking for Singaporeans aged between 18 and 35 to take part in the Conference. We will be selecting a number of participants via an Open Call.

Please click here for details and to express your interest.



Commentary: Behind the public shaming of one wealthy elite, a disturbing but growing divide
(Channel NewsAsia)

By Dr Natalie Pang

Social media platforms are where “everyday opinions and sentiments are unleashed with little consideration”, observes Dr Natalie Pang, Senior Research Fellow at IPS Social Lab. he argues that the harsh comments sparked off by Audrey Tay's case shows a greater need for empathy, restraint and civility in discussing difficult issues of the day.

P4_120918Crazy Rich Asians: Responses to movie reveal incongruence
(The Straits Times)

By Leonard Lim and Dr Mathews Mathew

Crazy Rich Asians has ignited heated discussion around issues of racial representation, the rich-poor class divide and national service obligations. What do the responses, both online and offline, say about us as a society?

P5_120918Why HDB owners should forget about getting a windfall from Vers

By Christopher Gee

IPS Senior Research Fellow Christopher Gee examines why Singaporeans cannot, and should not, expect windfall gains arising from the sale of public housing flats under the recently announced Voluntary Early Redevelopment Scheme.


P6_120918Disability Community Network Roundtable II: Education

While the first roundtable discussed issues on employment, the second roundtable of the Disability Community Network saw vigorous discussion on challenges faced by children with special education needs, and professionals in the special education sector. New, technology driven initiatives spearheaded by the community were also introduced, towards helping disabled people maximise their potential.

P7_120918IPS-Nathan Lectures by Professor Tan Tai Yong:
Lecture I—The Long and Short of Singapore History: Cycles, Pivots and Continuities

President of Yale-NUS College and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong delivered his first lecture as IPS’ 6th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. Analysing Singapore’s past in three phases: pre-colonial, colonial and post-1965, he reveals a nation that has taken many forms and highlights certain consistent dynamics that have shaped its evolution.

Take a look also at our first interview with Prof. Tan, where he commented on Singaporeans’ relationship with history and imperial power, Mahatma Gandhi and “soul-force”, and his children’s aversion towards history.

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