Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"Singapore" on Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown


On Dec. 10, Anthony Boudain reran his Episode 1 for this season. “Singapore”, which apparently I had not covered before (best link). 

As for the individual behavioral rules, “there are many” he says.  Much like other Asian societies (especially China) there is an idea of rightsizing of the individual so that the less well-off have some reason to have faith in the system. And the strict behavior rules on some things are thought to make the city-state safer.


But Singapore is also a bit of a nanny state, with some specific rules to guarantee ethnic diversity in housing complexes.

Quora has an interesting set of answers on Singapore’s authoritarianism, which has evolved from the rule of Lee Kuan Yew, a one-party system that seems more benevolent and workable than most.  
  
Harvard points out, however, that Sinagpore believes in controlling individual speech, as with its sedition act. 

Compare to Josh Garcia's coverage March 13, 2017.
  
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