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Singapore, a symbol of inclusivity

Having grown up in Afghanistan and living in Singapore for the past 21 years, artist and architect Lakshmi Mohanbabu shares her definition of being a Singaporean. TODAY's National Day Special this year explores the the concept of “home’” and what it means to different people. Read more here.  Video: Raj Nadarajan/TODAY 

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A citizen, 5 years on

Formerly stateless, Alexander Franklin Alrivers had his citizenship applications rejected more than 10 times in 29 years. Find out how his life has changed, five years after getting his Singapore Citizenship. TODAY's National Day Special this year explores the the concept of “home’” and what it means to different people. Read more here.  Video: Raj Nadarajan/TODAY 

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Woman Up: Tackling gender bias in the workplace

“Once at a board meeting someone asked me, the only woman on the board, to justify why I deserved to be there,” says entrepreneur Anna Haotanto. Anna and ‘Amelia’ (not her real name) share their experiences with gender bias in the workplace and what they hope to change. Read more here.  Video: Nuria Ling/ TODAY 

Bridging the Singaporean-foreigner divide

Hostility towards those seen as outsiders inadvertently gets heightened in times of crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic is no exception. From competition for jobs to dilution of national identity and social norms, there are ample factors driving an “us vs them” mentality among some Singaporeans. Even as the country seeks to wean off its reliance on imported labour, there is recognition that it cannot survive without foreign talent. So what will it take to bridge the Singaporean-foreigner divide? What can both sides do — to not only co-exist harmoniously — but thrive off each other? Panelists: Elizabeth Neo (Moderator), Navene Elangovan (TODAY senior journalist), Anthony Garcia (Community Integration Manager, Filipino Association of Singapore), Leong Chan-Hoong (Member of the National Integration Council and Head of Policy Development, Evaluation and Data Analytics at Kantar Public) and Yuvan Mohan (Chairperson, SINDA Youth Club) Read more here. 

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