Monday, August 31, 2015

Zakaria GPS shows how Singapore forces ethnic diversity on its population

Sunday, August 30, 2015, Fareed Zakaria, on Global Public Square, talked about his July trip to Singapore and his interview with the city-state’s deputy prime minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, about how racial and ethnic diversity plays out in the city state. Zakaria has a photo piece on the interview on CNN here and an op-ed in the Washington Post June 25, “What America can learn from Singapore about racial integration”, link here.  The little report had the flavor of a "Parts Unknown"; maybe Bourdain will pay a visit. 
Zakaria pointed out that the city-state forces ethnic quotas in every neighborhood, practically every apartment or condo tower.  Therefore the people learn to do things together, and most of all, their kids go to the same schools and share the same line of personal experience. It is true that Singapore is an authoritarian, “nanny state”, and the government regulates lives in ways that would not be acceptable in western democracies.  But Zakaria thinks we have something to learn from the example it sets.
Some friends from the workplace (when I was living in Minneapolis) did visit Singapore in 1998.

See correlated post about Zakaria and the "baby bust" on International Issues blog today. 

Wikipedia attribution link for photo of Singapore harbor by Chensiyuan, under Creative Commons 3.0 Share-Alike license.

No comments: