Thinking Aloud

A class apart? Meritocracy, social mixing and effects on national unity

Less diversity among younger S'poreans' networks means more must be done to boost meaningful interaction to bridge gaps

A study of 13 dimensions of diversity, such as gender, age, race, educational level, attendance in elite schools and housing type, has found that it is class segregation - a lack of social mixing between elites and non-elites, and between public and
A study of 13 dimensions of diversity, such as gender, age, race, educational level, attendance in elite schools and housing type, has found that it is class segregation - a lack of social mixing between elites and non-elites, and between public and private housing residents - which emerges as the most prominent fault line among Singaporeans, not race or religion.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

A friend told me that having lived in a condominium all her life, she grew up thinking she was poor.

"You see, all my classmates lived in landed houses," she said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 21, 2021, with the headline 'A class apart? Meritocracy, social mixing and effects on national unity'. Subscribe