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It felt right for son to be Singaporean, say couple in Canada

Singaporeans overseas share how they keep their ties to Singapore even as they immerse themselves in foreign cultures

Singaporean couple Stanley Lai and Cheryln Lai, who are Canadian permanent residents, said it felt natural for their son Jonah to be Singaporean as well as Canadian.
Singaporean couple Stanley Lai and Cheryln Lai, who are Canadian permanent residents, said it felt natural for their son Jonah to be Singaporean as well as Canadian.PHOTO: COURTESY OF STANLEY LAI

When their son, Jonah, was born in February 2018, his parents thought hard about whether he should be counted as a Singaporean.

Mr Stanley Lai and his wife Cheryln, who have been living in British Columbia, Canada, for about a decade, eventually signed him up for Singapore citizenship. They had moved there from Singapore separately - Mr Lai in 2009 for his undergraduate studies, and Mrs Lai with her family two years before that.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2020, with the headline 'It felt right for son to be Singaporean, say couple in Canada'. Subscribe