Why does Singapore not have a global brand?

The question of why Singapore has no global brand can be explained by way of Singapore’s small population, or by way of America’s domination of the global brands board. But it can also be rephrased as a question of why Singaporeans lack the creativity, innovation, passion and ambition to create, develop and market products and …

Philosophy and the Arts in Singapore

Discussions on the arts in Singapore have not, to my knowledge, touched upon the subject of philosophy. Philosophy is thought to be a subject only for academic pursuit. Alternatively, philosophy is thought of as a topic intertwined with religion- Buddhism, say, is a philosophy. Consequently, the idea of philosophy, as being in relation to the …

Three questions about poetry in Singapore

(1) The institutionalisation of poets. The fact is that many poets now have stable incomes from either teaching poetry in schools/universities or else from administrative jobs in the arts. How does this affect the kind of poetry that is being written? Does it in any way imply a loss of freedom or autonomy in what …