Singapore's tribes and the challenge of resisting identity politics

The issue of tribalism and identity was discussed at a conference this week. Insight looks at why the subject has come under the spotlight and why it matters.

Singapore has always been a mix of tribal identities. PHOTO: ST FILE
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SINGAPORE - When a spate of racist incidents this year sparked discussion about race and privilege in Singapore, two distinct responses emerged among Chinese Singaporeans.

The incidents, which saw racial minorities harassed, prompted some Singaporeans of minority races to speak out about the discrimination and daily microaggression they experience and the "Chinese privilege" that exists in multiracial Singapore.

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