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People & Society

From helping Singaporeans to start families and raise children, to living alongside people from different backgrounds – find out how we’re building a society for everyone, and keeping the Singapore culture and spirit burning bright.

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The issue

Even as Singapore society continues to change and evolve, we need to remain focused on what makes Singapore society special – to have strong families at the core, to be a caring society where there is a place for everyone, and to be gracious towards people from different backgrounds.

What Being Done

What we need

  1. Making this a great place for starting families, raising children, and building strong multigenerational families.
  2. Greater understanding and appreciation among different people living in Singapore.
  3. Upholding what makes Singapore special – our identity, values and aspirations.

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What's being done

  • Promoting a family-friendly environment, such as greater support for working parents through flexible work arrangements and ramping up childcare facilities.
  • Facilitating more social interactions between different groups and raising awareness of shared values and norms.
  • Providing opportunities to celebrate Singapore’s identity, values and roots, and to envision a shared future.

Perspectives Get the population angle on jobs and economy in Singapore

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Dingyao Learns English

Many young Singaporeans struggle with their mother tongue in school. But that’s not the case for four-year-old Lu Dingyao, a first-generation Singaporean who grew up speaking Mandarin.

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Articles

How immigration has shaped societies

With increasing global mobility and interconnectedness, immigration has surged over the last two decades as people move to secure a better future in more developed economies. While countries reap the social and economic benefits from having more people, it is also a divisive issue with rising anti-immigration sentiments sweeping across some nations. Here’s why immigration matters.

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Love has no barriers II

She’s a teacher; he’s a flight steward. When Kassey and Eric first started dating, people said they might face problems. Find out why they said so, and what made them overcome this “barrier”. Their answers may surprise you!

  • Who is in our population?

    Over the years, Singapore has become a bustling metropolis with people from different backgrounds, stories and dreams. Who are the different groups who live, work or spend time in our country?

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Dingyao Learns English

Many young Singaporeans struggle with their mother tongue in school. But that’s not the case for four-year-old Lu Dingyao, a first-generation Singaporean who grew up speaking Mandarin.

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Love has no barriers II

She’s a teacher; he’s a flight steward. When Kassey and Eric first started dating, people said they might face problems. Find out why they said so, and what made them overcome this “barrier”. Their answers may surprise you!

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Motherhood through the years

Here’s a secret about motherhood — not everyone knows what they’re doing, and many experienced mothers are still figuring it out.

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What were your parents’ childhood dreams?

These immigrant mothers came from countries far away, with dreams of being lawyers and teachers. But when they got to the United States, they put aside their childhood dreams so their children could fulfil their own.

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A house full of love

Most families stop at two. Four is less common. But sisters Deidre and Thomasina Kwok grew up in a family of eight children — and it was a household of warmth and love.