The Straits Times
Published on Oct 15, 2012

Integration challenges for foreigners in Singapore


Language and uniquely Singaporean practices - these are the two biggest challenges faced by foreigners when integrating in Singapore, according to two foreigners RazorTV spoke to.

Chinese-born Yi Le, 23, a final-year student at NUS, came to Singapore in 2005 to further his education at National Junior College. But despite living here all that time, he was still at a loss when a friend's father died, as he did not know how to go about paying his last respects.

British-born George Kang, 47, had it easier learning about local culture. Married to a Singaporean, he has been living here for the past 18 years. The IT professional recalls how he struggled to pick up Chinese dialects and other languages associated with Singlish. The father-of-three Singaporean children also found it tough, as his wife had different parenting views from him.

We tackle some of the integration challenges for foreigners in Singapore, in this week's episode of Point Blank.