Singaporeans need not be defended but it's shocking that some of the ethnically offensive statements about Chinese and Indians are not deleted. Whatever, it wouldn't be the first time for that offender. He should spend his time better to fight in the right corner.
If it's not true, then your statement would stand the litmus test. Unfortunately, while most, nay, all statements are really generalizations, it's like Singaporean's being kiasu, the percentage is larger than the socially acceptaible norms, so therefore, description are tagged to certain behaviors and they tend to stick, rightly or wrongly.
I can relate to all that has been mentioned thus far as I ride the public transport system for at least 3 hrs/day, 6 days/wk during peak hours
both mornings & evenings. One can actually identify the races AND
nationalities quite easily without ever speaking to them.
Regarding 'kiasu', I actually made a critical comment and called for more research into an unscientific but popular notion with the higher ups and got a shove back to the UK! LOL.
Aiya... I wasn't referring to your group of
Indians which I found amusing as usual. You were irked by them but not making racial stereotyping. I was, similarly so annoyed when 3 Bangladeshis shouted and yelled continuously, loud and fast, when they were standing so close together, that I wished I had thick rolls of cellophane tape to gag them.
In SG, I usd to travel on the Serangoon bus to find swarms of dark uncouth Indians dressed in dhotis and slippers shouting and gesturing, all crowded round, sitting on the steps of Little India and appearing to be sleeping in the open grounds outside some restaurants. It was quite a threatening sight at first until one began to see that they were really poor labourers and were in fact, helping to build SG's verticle rush. The problem was the number of illegals among the huge swirling crowds.
You're Right about identifying the various ethnicities - I have grown adept at distinguishing the accents, the appearances and the most subtle of all, voice tones.
Speaking in abstractions is a way to avoid open confrontation which I find childish and unhealthy; arguments (instead of discussions) and stereotyping are some of the strategies some people use to engage others' interest. I lost an ealier post so I'm getting brain fatigue, but, well, you can smile SMS, you've gone past that stage - never to look back?