Offensive comments and dirty looks: Life in Singapore as an interracial couple

Radio presenter Divian Nair and his wife Rachel, a digital marketeer, with family and friends at their wedding.
Radio presenter Divian Nair and his wife Rachel, a digital marketeer, with family and friends at their wedding.PHOTO: COURTESY OF DIVIAN NAIR
Ms Pathma Gurusamy and Mr Ng Boon Jun, who are both veterinary surgeons, at their wedding with their parents.
Ms Pathma Gurusamy and Mr Ng Boon Jun, who are both veterinary surgeons, at their wedding with their parents.PHOTO: COURTESY OF PATHMA GURUSAMY
Ms Nur Ashikin Ahmad, a senior information technology audit manager, and her husband Fok Yan Ho, a civil servant, with their daughter and parents.
Ms Nur Ashikin Ahmad, a senior information technology audit manager, and her husband Fok Yan Ho, a civil servant, with their daughter and parents.PHOTO: THE LOVE CO STUDIO

SINGAPORE - The incident involving an interracial couple being scolded by a Chinese man last week has raised eyebrows, but people say such encounters are not all that uncommon. 

Housewife Yvonne Neo, 38, was once out in Orchard Road with her then boyfriend Mohamed Shahrom Mohamed Taha, 42, a history teacher, when a woman suddenly glared at her and muttered loudly in Malay: "There goes another one of our Malay men."

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