Reminders on race from an ad and a rap

It can sometimes be hard to draw the line but a rule of thumb is empathy; another is reciprocity

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Recent events have reignited debate on the issues of race and racism in Singapore, and some have questioned the Republic's commitment to multiracialism.

Three weeks ago, a static ad promoting e-payments featured an ethnic Chinese actor portraying characters of different races.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 18, 2019, with the headline Reminders on race from an ad and a rap. Subscribe