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Old 03-30-2014, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Historically, Singapore was a pretty segregated city. The British delineated neighbourhoods for the 'races', the Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians and Europeans. Until recently it seems the races did not mix that much, although interacted when needed. Especially since independence, however, and partly due to the policy of compulsory integration in the HDB estates, it seems that increasingly a national identity is forming, despite your 'race.' Of course, Singaporeans of all 'races' now go to school together, socialise together, and you have a lot of non-Chinese learning Mandarin for instance. English serves as a glue to bind the different groups. I wonder if you'll see more mixed race people too. The Malays, due to religion, will probably be more resistant to mixing. Ironically they were more open to it during the time of the Peranakan.

Maybe the influx of immigrants from China etc though will keep the more Chinese-speaking segment of Singapore 'sinified', but I feel more westernised Singaporeans seem themselves as Singaporean first and Chinese, Indian.etc second, or am I mistaken?

Would like to hear from singaporelady as well

 
Old 03-30-2014, 06:40 AM
 
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Hmm

In Singapore, I would say people still generally stick with people of the same race .. Especially the older ones.. But the teenagers and primary school goers of different races seem to blend and are closer than those from my generation..

I would say that it does seem like we consider ourselves Singaporeans first before Chinese , Indians and Malaysia, cos mainland Chinese from china , or Indians from India are not so "cultured" in their actions and behaviour , thus or desire to differentiate ourselves from them
 
Old 03-30-2014, 06:46 AM
 
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Hmm

In Singapore, I would say people still generally stick with people of the same race .. Especially the older ones.. But the teenagers and primary school goers of different races seem to blend and are closer than those from my generation..

I would say that it does seem like we consider ourselves Singaporeans first before Chinese , Indians and Malaysia, cos mainland Chinese from china , or Indians from India are not so "cultured" in their actions and behaviour , thus or desire to differentiate ourselves from them
I see quite a bit of mixing between Indians and Chinese, whether at the hawker centre, workplace, schools, socially. Singapore is definitely more integrated than Malaysia IMO although it seems there isn't a lot of mixing between the groups like Latin America.

Yes, I think that's a good thing. Singapore identity should be acknowledged, instead of thinking it's just a place where Chinese, Indians and Malays live. You can't find the same type of curry laksa or murtabak outside Malaysia and Singapore.

I think the united displeasure over mass immigration from China and South Asia is probably indicative of this too.

It's funny though a lot of Singaporeans often emphasise the fact they are Chinese.etc, nothing wrong with it, but immigrants from Singapore of Chinese ancestry are often considered Chinese Australians actually...dunno why not Singaporean Australians.
 
Old 03-30-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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Well..

I don't really agree and like the way how our locals look down and label the PRCs and Indians from India..

I mean there are easily evidences of locals behaving badly too .. A Singaporean couple made headlines in Taiwan for their bad behaviour in the hotel they say..

I mean.. Look at yourselves first before critcising others..
 
Old 03-30-2014, 06:01 PM
 
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Well..

I don't really agree and like the way how our locals look down and label the PRCs and Indians from India..

I mean there are easily evidences of locals behaving badly too .. A Singaporean couple made headlines in Taiwan for their bad behaviour in the hotel they say..

I mean.. Look at yourselves first before critcising others..
That's true. Singaporeans like to think they are civilised compared to other Asians.
 
Old 03-30-2014, 06:04 PM
 
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I dont care if i get get verbally bashed for it
 
Old 03-31-2014, 09:21 AM
 
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Are most Chinese people in Singapore from the Southern region of mainland China or the Northern region of mainland China ?
 
Old 03-31-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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Are most Chinese people in Singapore from the Southern region of mainland China or the Northern region of mainland China ?
From the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan mostly. The Hokkien (Hoklo) people from southern Fujian, Teochew mostly from eastern Guangdong and far southwestern Fujian, Hakka from both (although they are northern in origin), Cantonese from Guangdong, Hainanese from Hainan island...although recent immigrations from the PRC come from all over China.

Keep in mind there is a strong distinction between Chinese Singaporeans, many who have lived there for generations, and more recent immigrants. The government's 'speak Mandarin' campaign tried to foster unity between the various dialect groups but at the expense of these dialects or languages.
 
Old 03-31-2014, 04:22 PM
 
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From the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan mostly. The Hokkien (Hoklo) people from southern Fujian, Teochew mostly from eastern Guangdong and far southwestern Fujian, Hakka from both (although they are northern in origin), Cantonese from Guangdong, Hainanese from Hainan island...although recent immigrations from the PRC come from all over China.

Keep in mind there is a strong distinction between Chinese Singaporeans, many who have lived there for generations, and more recent immigrants. The government's 'speak Mandarin' campaign tried to foster unity between the various dialect groups but at the expense of these dialects or languages.
Are Chinese women in Singapore on average better looking than Chinese women in the mainland ? You know since they can better take care of their appearance.
 
Old 03-31-2014, 04:28 PM
 
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Are Chinese women in Singapore on average better looking than Chinese women in the mainland ? You know since they can better take care of their appearance.
Well in that sense, yes, they're also mostly of Southern Chinese appearance, which is different from the north. Northerners tend to on average be taller, have smaller eyes and narrower noses.
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