Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1052 times:
Yes, Race relations are a sensitive thing in Singapore, where 77% of the nation is Chinese, 15% is Malay(all Muslim) and 7% Indian.
And when i was in school we would have Racial Harmony Day and there would be "Unity through diversity" slogans everywhere. And ever since i was 13, I've always thought it was a rather strange phrase, since unity and diversity are exact opposites of each other!
And ever since Sept 11 and the arrest of suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists in Singapore (who all happened to be, erm, Malay and Muslim) the issue of Race relations has been played up even more.
The govt highlighted Halal foodcourts as a way the different races can integrate. And the press started playing up stories on how halal food courts are mushrooming throughout the country and how now non muslims and muslims can mingle and have meals together! I think that's a joke.
Chinese food is full of pork and I couldn't possibly imagine eating a nice delicious chinese meal without any pork. But now in the name of racial harmony I am expected to forgo that and eat at halal foodcourts? That certainly isn't unity through diversity. It's the exact opposite, if you ask me.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1028 times:
David, I don't sense anyone wants that kind of homogenous society; their just questioning the expression. I suspect they are saying 'Unity through Diversity' is not very accurate and that it should be more 'Unity despite Diversity'. The reason is, a diverse society doesn't automatically make the society united. In fact, it poses more challenges to get there. No one is saying (so far) that diversity is bad. They're just saying it doesn't achieve what the phrase suggests.