NATIONAL DAY 2020

Let's talk about race

More people are taking to online platforms to have a constructive discussion about race, once seen as a thorny issue in Singapore

Online platform Minority Voices, which bills itself as a "safe space to share experiences of racism and discrimination", was co-founded by students Veena Tadikonda (far left) and Sharvesh Leatchmanan. PHOTOS: ALYAA RAUFF, CHARLENE WINFRED, MAHALAKSHMI V. KARTHIGEYAN/ INSTAGRAM
Yoga teacher Alyaa Rauff (above) and actress Mahalakshmi V. Karthigeyan both shared their experiences online. PHOTOS: ALYAA RAUFF, CHARLENE WINFRED, MAHALAKSHMI V. KARTHIGEYAN/ INSTAGRAM
Yoga teacher Alyaa Rauff and actress Mahalakshmi V. Karthigeyan (above) both shared their experiences online. PHOTOS: ALYAA RAUFF, CHARLENE WINFRED, MAHALAKSHMI V. KARTHIGEYAN/ INSTAGRAM
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Yoga teacher and personal trainer Alyaa Rauff, 26, was talking on the phone outside a fitness studio two years ago when a woman working at a nearby store took photos of her.

When questioned, she accused Ms Alyaa of being a "suspicious Indian girl" who was about to steal from her, and said she was taking photos to show the police.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 09, 2020, with the headline Let's talk about race. Subscribe