Daily Archives: 2016-04-04

Making film stars out of Singapore’s domestic workers

By Rob O’brien The shoestring budget film Remittance depicts the hardship of life in Singapore through its ensemble cast of real life domestic workers. But now they are waiting for its message to reach the people who matter most — their family and friends at home. In a dark and damp karaoke bar on Joo Chiat Road in Singapore, an American film …

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Why women need to talk about NS

By Dhevy Sivaprakasam Even as commentaries(1) have been written about clear differential treatment between men and women with respect to National Service (NS) in Singapore, women’s attitudes here towards NS have remained relatively nonchalant. The fact that men give up at least two years of their lives towards serving in the military or civil defence is a glaring physical recurrence that …

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BNPop Songs and Politics: Review of “The Songs We Sang”

By Ng Yi-Sheng I’m not a xinyao fan. I’m one of those jiak kentang, angmoh-ified, xiangjiaoren guys who got a C6 for his Chinese O-Levels on his second try. But I am a dutiful supporter of local cinema, so I turned up at a screening of Eva Tang’s first full-length film, The Songs We Sang / 我们唱着的歌 : a documentary …

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10th annivesary of Eco Action day, a call for all to pledge positive actions for Singapore’s environment

Japanese electronic multinational Ricoh Asia Pacific kicked off the 10th anniversary of its Eco Action Day initiative on last Friday (1 April) with a call for organisations and individuals to pledge positive actions for the environment in Singapore. Eco Action Day is Singapore’s largest and longest-running business-led environmental initiative held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Environment …

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US nonfarm payrolls beat expectation, Moody’s lowers Singapore banks’ outlook

By Margaret Yang March US nonfarm payrolls increased by 215k, beating market expectations of 205k. The unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0%. New jobs were mainly added in the retail trade, construction and healthcare sectors, whereas job losses occurred in the manufacturing and mining sectors. This month’s job data, together with strong job growth over the last few months, …

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