Growing up in Southeast Asia subliminally conditioned me to believe that fair skin was the only shade of skin color that was beautiful. From the lack of diversity in local cosmetics and fashion campaigns to the absurd advertisements about skin-whitening products to the backhanded comments made about individuals with darker skin tones in social settings – it comes as no surprise that many people, in this region share this same sentiment. This ideology is referred to as “colorism,” which Evelyn Nakano Glenn, a graduate school professor at the University of California Berkeley, refers to as “the preference for and privileging of lighter skin and discrimination against those with darker skin". Although this deeply rooted mindset dates back to colonial times, due to Western influences on the perception of beauty and in the media, our capitalistic society has monetized this obsession through advertisements by using fair Asians or Caucasian models for local … [Read more...] about Who’s the fairest of them all? How about, who cares?
How patriarchy affects society
AN AUSTRALIAN survey has revealed that although attitudes towards meat are changing, it could still be a long time before we ditch hamburgers for plant-based alternatives. Carried out by food marketing expert Ellen Goddard at the University of Alberta, Canada, along with researchers from the University of Adelaide, Australia, the survey asked a nationally-representative sample of 287 Australian meat eaters about their levels of willingness to make changes to their protein consumption. In particular, participants were asked how willing they would be to reduce their meat consumption, to follow a meat-free diet most of the time, to avoid meat altogether, or to follow a strict plant-based with no animal products at all. The findings, published in the journal Appetite, showed that participants had “varying levels of willingness to make changes to their protein consumption.” More specifically, nearly half of those surveyed (46 percent) were unwilling to make changes to how much … [Read more...] about How fast is society’s meat consumption evolving?
When Darryl and his wife first checked out their flat in Punggol, they realised that it lacked good natural lighting. This prompted them to trawl the web for design ideas that would "open up their space". "Since it was in the default layout, the HDB was kind of dark, especially the living room," said Darryl. "We searched the web, gathering as much information as we could about the different styles and themes for home designs." In the end, they decided that the airy Scandinavian interior would work best. However, the interiors saw a lot more updates. From the likes of basic paint work to the more complex layout tweaks, each change serves to elevate the space and give it a fresh look! MORE ABOUT THEIR DESIGN NEEDS Darryl (D): As a husband and wife duo, we didn't really need much storage space. I think the more pressing issue was the home's layout and how it affected the lighting. What drew us to the Scandinavian style was mostly because of its natural woody and bright aesthetic. ON … [Read more...] about How a tailored layout made this tight 4-room HDB spacious
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang state government will have a dialogue session on schools that are affected by the construction of the Pan Island Link 1 (PIL 1). Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (pix) said the dialogue will include authorities and affected stakeholders on the project. In the meantime, the state government is also looking forward to the meeting with the Education Ministry on this issue. Last Friday, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the ministry would arrange for a meeting with the state government to discuss this issue as there were worries about the negative impacts to the schools. “All these (changes) is ongoing engagement. What we do is Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) studies so we have to see every school (that are affected) and look for the alignments. “We will have dialogues with affected stakeholders ... listen to their views, go back to make adjustment and so on. It is nothing new that such engagement … [Read more...] about Penang state govt to have dialogue on schools affected by PIL 1
There is wide scope for discourse in Singapore, but fake news is a distinct and specific problem that must be curbed before it affects society, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He made this point in an interview, when asked for his response to concerns that proposed laws to tackle fake news would curb free speech. There is no society in which free speech is absolute or uncontrolled, he said, noting that it exists within appropriate boundaries. For example, speech that is defamatory or threatening in nature lies outside of these boundaries, said PM Lee in an interview conducted in Mandarin with variety show host Kym Ng and news presenter Evelyn Lam that was broadcast on Mediacorp's Channel 8 last night. "We must set an appropriate boundary that would allow us to protect free speech and allow people to exchange information, thoughts and opinions in a meaningful way," he added. Other countries, like the United States and those in Europe, are also grappling with the problem of fake … [Read more...] about Fake news must be curbed before it affects society: PM Lee