Singapore promotes racial harmony in several ways-Arts & Heritage, National Identity, and Community Events. This website briefly portrays some of the ways that the government fosters harmony and multi-racialism into its citizens.
Arts & Heritage
Explore Katong’s amazing multicultural heritage and enjoy some of its best-kept secrets like food and architecture. Students can gain a better understanding of Singapore’s multi-racial society as they examine the diversity of cultures that have come together in Katong
Chinatown is unique in representing the cultural heritage of the
dominant racial category (i.e. ‘Chinese’) in a multiracial
population. In contrast to the urban cultural politics revolving
around the way immigrant entrepreneurs capitalize on ‘ethnic
neighbourhoods’ to offer consumption and leisure opportunities
with a ‘difference’ in many European and North American cities,
the Singapore case shows the pivotal role played by the state in
refashioning the Chinatown landscape as part of both
nation-building and heritage tourism projects, and the ensuing
Little India is an ethnic district in Singapore. It is located east of the Singapore River—across from Chinatown, located west of the river—and north of Kampong Glam. Both areas are part of the urban planning area of Rochor. Little India is commonly known as Tekka in the Indian Singaporean community.
Policies include using English as the common working language, mixing races in public housing estates and having a group representation constituency system to ensure minority representation in Parliament. The authorities also clamp down on extremists, be they Chinese chauvinists or Malay, Indian or Hindu extremists.
There is zero tolerance for racial incidents here, but once in a while, they happen and go viral. In January this year, former senior parliamentary secretary Maidin Packer shared how Malay wedding guests at an HDB void deck in Pasir Ris stood to pay their respects to a passing Chinese funeral procession.