Author Archives: Kirsten Han

About Kirsten Han

Kirsten Han is a freelance journalist. Her bylines have appeared in Al Jazeera English, the Guardian, the Diplomat and Southeast Asia Globe, among others. She is also a co-founder of We Believe in Second Chances, which advocates for the abolishment of the death penalty in Singapore.
Lunch-stealing rhetoric not only unethical, but unsustainable and likely counter-productive
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“Amid growing competition, and workers hungry to learn in places like Chengdu and even further away such as Russia, Singapore must not only protect its lunch but steal other people’s lunches, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged.” – TODAY, “Singapore must ‘steal Read More

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Appraising the Apprentice
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By Dan Koh What were you doing on 20 May, Friday morning? In the blue light of first dawn, crickets chirped steadily, a lone Asian koel bird hopefully called out and your neighbour stirred, hacking and hawking away in the toilet. Buses began Read More

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Manifesto: It’ll keep you thinking and talking
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One day before opening night, the authorities rated The Necessary Stage and Drama Box’s play R18. The reason was that its socio-political content was more suitable for “mature audiences”. But everyone should get the chance to consider the questions this show poses. Haresh Read More

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Art and Politics: The Necessary Stage and Drama Box’s Manifesto
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By Kirsten Han Walking into The Necessary Stage’s (TNS) black box, I’m faced with a flurry of activity even though I was told that it would be the lunch break. The crew are working on the set and the lights, and the actors Read More

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Singapore civil society responds to Universal Periodic Review
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Note: The writer is a member of We Believe in Second Chances, an anti-death penalty group that is part of the Alliance of Like-Minded Civil Society Organisations in Singapore (ALMOS). The human rights struggles we see in films are often epic, emotional and Read More

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The Two Kirstens: Han interviews Tan
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Some time in late 2008 or 2009 I printed a copy of my student film on to a tape, put it in a bubble wrap-lined envelope and sent it from New Zealand all the way back home to Singapore for consideration at the Read More

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Providing free herbs for the sick and needy
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By Sharanya Pillai Losing a loved one to cancer is a painful experience, one that 63-year-old Ng Kim Chuan knows all too well. In 2001, Ng’s younger brother succumbed to lymphoma, a cancer affecting the immune system. While coping with his loss, Ng, Read More

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Cat welfare volunteers urge more transparency and resources in fighting abuse
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More collaboration, transparency and resources will be needed to fight against animal abuse cases such as the cat murders in Yishun, animal welfare volunteers said at a dialogue session on Saturday. Volunteers who have been dealing with cat abuse and abandonment cases expressed Read More

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A long way to go towards implementing accepted UPR recommendations on the death penalty
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By We Believe in Second Chances Singapore might be a small city-state, but its pro-death penalty stance is well-known. Just last year, Law and then-Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam gave a speech in defence of capital punishment to the United Nations General Assembly in Read More

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Talent galore at the Migrant Worker Poetry Competition
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Two Bangladeshi migrant workers and an Indonesian domestic worker nabbed the top three prizes at the finals of the Migrant Worker Poetry Competition held at the National Library on Sunday. 38-year-old Zakir Hossain Khokon won the top spot, an honour he had also Read More

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