Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Leisure travel appears to be making a comeback in Singapore, with Singapore announcing nine new Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) last week. With so much excitement over the new VTLs, there are a corresponding number of questions regarding how VTL travel actually works. From the number of swab tests required, to whether you need to wear a mask when you arrive at your destination, this is the comprehensive guide you need to read before you book your tickets. Where can you go? There are two countries that are currently part of Singapore's VTL scheme. Brunei Germany However, anyone without Bruneian citizenship/permanent resident status is still unable to travel freely to Brunei — the Bruneian government is not allowing foreign visitors until further notice. This means that for now, the only country that allows two-way quarantine-free travel is Germany. From Oct. 19, ... » Learn More about A country-by-country guide to S’pore’s new Vaccinated Travel Lanes
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Young Chinese are increasingly reluctant to get married, according to a new survey – a trend that threatens to make the country’s dire demographic prospects even worse. Despite the traditional importance attached to marriage in Chinese culture, the survey of nearly 3,000 unmarried people aged between 18 and 26 across the nation found that 25 per cent of those asked “will you get married in future?” were not sure, while 8.9 per cent said no. This tendency was more pronounced among women, 44 per cent of whom said that they did not think they would get married or did not want to, compared with 19 per cent among men. The study was published last week in the official Guangming Daily. “Generation Zers, or those born in the internet era, will make up most couples in the next decade. “Their willingness to marry deserves great attention,” wrote the researchers from the Communist Youth League led by Ju Xiaoyan. “In recent years, we found that an increasing number of young people put ... » Learn More about Are young Chinese falling out of love with marriage?
For doctoral candidate Kezia Dewi, studying the history of Indonesia’s Chinese settlements is more than just of personal interest, being one of the country’s roughly three million ethnic Chinese. Such academic research is also rare, because many see the topic of Chinese Indonesian land ownership as sensitive and divisive. “The existing body of research on Chinese Indonesian settlements is largely focused on the history of Chinatowns dispersed throughout Indonesia and their conservation. This is why I eventually decided to tackle the controversial issue [of land ownership] in both colonial and postcolonial times,” the 38-year-old said. Her PhD research at Belgian university KA Leuven has given her first-hand access to the colonial archives of the Netherlands. Various parts of Indonesia were under Dutch rule for about 350 years until 1942. After Indonesia became independent, ethnic Chinese were given the same legal rights as their indigenous counterparts, but this is not the case ... » Learn More about For Indonesian-Chinese in Yogyakarta, a Dutch colonial law is the reason they can’t own land