The Straits Times
Published on Feb 23, 2013

Second-generation immigrants able to integrate well


I ATTEND a Mandarin service at a heartland church. There are many Chinese immigrants in my congregation ("White Paper debate: Who's xenophobic?"; Thursday).

Many are permanent residents whose children were born here and have integrated well into our society.

Most of them speak in Mandarin to their parents at home, but under the broader influence of their social circles and the school environment, their command of the English language is better than that of the Chinese language.

Socially and culturally, they have assimilated seamlessly into our society, regarding themselves as Singaporean rather than from China.

It takes only one generation for immigrants to integrate into our society. Second-generation immigrants are true-blue Singaporeans.

Catherine Soh (Ms)