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Instead of arguing over 'Chinese privilege', find ways to bridge gaps

Throwing labels at others can lead to misunderstandings; we can start by speaking in more layman terms to help address feelings of hurt

Different communities have different understandings of what the term "Chinese privilege" means. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
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Two recent incidents got me thinking about discrimination and the use and limits of labels.

The first was an Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) forum weighing in on "Chinese privilege". A few commentators said the concept of "Chinese privilege" is not relevant or applicable in Singapore. One reason given for this view was that the United States, where the term "white privilege" is widely used these days, has a different history and cultural context from Singapore and the term should not be extended to refer to the majority race here.

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