Not a snowflake or strawberry: S'pore youth not that different from previous generations

Singaporean youth today are not so different from previous generations. There is common ground for working together to create a shared future.

It is normal for any generation to make judgments of the next - a point that is relevant to examine this July, which is Youth Month. This generation of youth is hardly the first to be called entitled, soft or spoilt by the previous one, and those of us who are older can be overly quick to identify anecdotes of "snowflakes" or "strawberries" to back these claims.

It belies an attitude of not valuing young people for who they are, and not cutting them some slack even though they are on the path of discovery, as those before them once were.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'Stop labelling youth. Start valuing them.'. Subscribe