AS150 3-5-08 - Singapore 3/5/08 AS150, Migration and...

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Singapore 3/5/08 AS150, Migration and Multiculturalism in Asia
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“Singapore to boost after failing to raise birth rate,” 8/21/2006, Kyodo News PM Lee Hsien Loong “We must continue to promote immigration into Singapore,” Lee said, “I believe we must accept them (immigrants), welcome them to adjust to our society.” He said the government will set up a citizenship and population unit for the purpose.
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A multi-ethnic nation-state Question: “Will we become one tribe [nation]?” Answer by Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew (Straits Times, 5/7/1999): “Not possible. If we try, we will bring misfortune to ourselves, because there are tribal elements in our society that say: I want to be myself. The Sikhs do not want to be absorbed. The various Muslim sects do not want to be absorbed by other sects, let alone by other religions. [continued to the next]
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A multi-ethnic nation-state [continued] And I [Lee Kuan Yew] say, leave well alone, let’s find common ground because those are the cards that we were dealt with. So much easier if we’re all one race, one language, one religion. . . .
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This note was uploaded on 06/08/2008 for the course ASIAN STUD 150 taught by Professor Yamanaka during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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AS150 3-5-08 - Singapore 3/5/08 AS150, Migration and...

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