Many of them really believe in human rights, freedom of speech, social equality and such. Some of them are very naive about it, no doubt, and parrot such things without truly understanding it, because it is the cool thing to do. But there are also many who are not hypocrites. What I have to say about the Bush administration will probably get me a warning from the moderators, suffice to say that they are not representative of all, or even most (at least over in the left coast) U.S. citizens. Many people do speak up against their own government. Criticism about oppresive foreign governments has dropped a lot ever since Guantanamo Bay and their own version of the Internal Security Act. Hey, Singapore has another thing to be proud of - ahead of the curve yet again. Now, if only we haven't let that guy take a very long toilet break...
>kana lecture by the ang moh about "human rights", "social equality", and "freedom of speech"
Sometimes, its what they get from the media.
Almost 10yrs ago, while in Aust, our 'popular' opposition CSJ was on Tv accepting an interview.
And I was so angry hearing him talk abt Spore, as if we are living in this backward, shackled military state and he is this mightly savior we all support, but we dare not speak out or do it openly...*puke..*
When we are overseas, we are ambassadors for Singapore, so what we do reflects what people see about Singapore. I certainly don't expect people to know where Singapore should be, as its my job to explain and speak up for Singapore, but at least ask if you are not sure, instead of jumping to conclusion.
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Just curious, do any of you bother to "code switch" at all or do you just speak in our glorious Singaporean accent?
I do put on an accent, just because it helps other people understand my speech better. As a result, I think I've developed a pretentious hybrid accent when I speak to my Singaporean friends sometimes. -.-
Why don't you codeswitch back then?
I can, but it's still got traces of that weird hybrid accent, eg. emphasis on "R"s in words like "pork" and "curve" when you really don't need to.
I do tend to pick up a little bit of accent from people around me by osmosis - maybe part of unconscious desire to fit in? After working with almost 100% Taiwanese colleagues for a few years, my wife said my Mandarin sounds Taiwanese
Hmmm at this rate... I think we better have a Northern California get together man... This thread let us hijack until dun know like what already...
BTW, East coast dwellers are also invited to join us....