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Races without racism? Everyday race relations in Singapore

3 June 2016

A research presentation supported by the Comparative and International Education Research Network of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, and co-hosted by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

In Singapore, race has a prominent place in the city-state’s national policies. Its political ideology of multiracialism proclaims racial equality and protection for minority groups from racial discrimination. However, despite official rhetoric and policies aimed at managing and integrating the different ethnic groups, some scholars have argued that institutional racism does exist in Singapore.

While it is public knowledge, with few exceptions, racist provocations and experiences of racism are not publicly discussed. In recent years, the advent of social media has made it possible for Singaporeans, often unwittingly, to express racially derogatory remarks. This has highlighted that racism is much more deep rooted. Yet, it still remains the 'elephant in the room'. This paper examines the sociopolitical context that has contributed to everyday racial discrimination and calls for a public acknowledgement of racism so as to combat racist practices. It will argue that targeted measures, such as antiracism education in schools and public campaigns to raise awareness against racial discrimination, are long overdue.

Event details

  • When: 2.15–3.30pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Dr Yeow-Tong Chia.

  • Contact: Co-convenor, Comparative and International Education research network
    Dr Yeow-Tong Chia
    T: +61 2 9351 4699
    E: yeowtong.chia@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker: Selvaraj Velayutham is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Macquarie University. His research interests include international migration, race and ethnic relations, everyday multiculturalism, and the sociology of everyday life.

  • Co-hosted by: Sydney Southeast Asia Centre
    Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Races without racism? Everyday race relations in Singapore

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

3 June 2016


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