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Who’s on the team? Unpacking POC

I gave an interview for the second season of ABC’s Not A Race with Beverley Wang on Chinese Privilege, Singapore, and what the term People of Colour means. Not A Race is an amazing show that has featured incredible artists like Aamer Rahman, Benjamin Law as well as The Daily Show’s Ronny Chieng. I am…


Chinese Privilege, Gender and Intersectionality in Singapore: A Conversation between Adeline Koh and Sangeetha Thanapal

Singapore, a tiny Southeast Asian nation-state, is well known for its impressive economic growth since its independence in 1965. Filled with towering skyscrapers, an impressive, well-maintained public transport system and an unemployment rate the envy of most industrialized nations, the small country is often referenced as a model postcolonial state. Despite these impressive economic strides,…


Dear Chinese people who are anti-PAP

Chinese Singaporeans always want us all to work together, to fight the good fight for democracy and be anti-PAP and all that, but the conversation is rarely, “As a Chinese Singaporean, how can I empower people of all races and other people who are not in the same position of privilege as me?” Look at…


Singapore Presidential Elections 2017

Why is the Singapore Presidential Elections of 2017 making Singaporeans so upset? Presidential Elections Stop calling this year's Presidential Elections the 'first racially reserved' political anything. Postcolonial Singapore elections have always been racially reserved--for the Chinese. When the highest office in the country is openly racially reserved only for Chinese people, why is the PE...

MWF: ASIA WHAT? Roundtable

  “I am Sangeetha Thanapal, a Singaporean-born woman of ethnic Tamil-Indian ancestry. My forefathers were brought to Singapore as ???coolies’ or indentured labourers. Indentured servitude is a form of labour in which people are employed against their will, under threat, due to debt bondage—it was almost impossible to fulfill or escape from. Indentured labour came…


Don’t Black Lives Matter in Australia?

Recently, the Sydney Peace Prize gave an award to the women behind Black Lives Matter. BLM has never been a hate group and deserves every accolade it gets. However, I would like to use this opportunity to point out that Black people exist in Australia, and that black organizations here have been working tirelessly for…