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Former American says US sucks

Postby jeffmenon » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:44 am

AS A person who was born in Connecticut (not far from Yale University) but is now a Singaporean, I wish to express my dismay over the resolution by some members of the university’s faculty (‘Yale to proceed with NUS college tie-up’; last Saturday).

If the resolution was right, I would not have made Singapore my home, much less become a citizen and assimilate by actively participating in grassroots matters.

One attribute I have long admired about Singapore is that there is genuine respect for and guarantee of certain fundamental human rights, which I found lacking in my birthplace.

Specifically, the right to walk the streets and live safely in my home, free from the fear of being shot by any of the more than 200 million firearms that Americans own, or attacked in some other heinous way; I have enjoyed these rights for the past 35 years in Singapore.

Another is the virtual absence of any overt racialistic or religious intolerance, thanks to cultural norms and strict laws that protect religious and ethnic rights.

Third, the grinding poverty in many so-called ‘First World societies’ is almost unheard of here. Where poverty does exist, there is recourse via governmental and non-governmental bodies.

Finally, and by no means least important, this country is blessed with good governance, integrity and public service, while eschewing the extremes of more ‘democratic’ societies that are so polarised that little or nothing gets done to help the less fortunate.

Those at Yale who wish to indulge in uninformed cultural imperialism should bear in mind that it is not just the Republic that stands to benefit from this union, but America as well, as it takes a leaf out of Singapore’s book in the realisation that perhaps we, too, are doing something right that is worthy of emulation.


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Re: Former American says US sucks

Postby JR8 » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 3:20 am

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Nice hair-do! :) Hey what's the age limit on being a member of Young PAP these days?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 8:07 am

The Donald on a bad-hair day?

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 9:26 am

What is the point of OP? No commentary on someone else's thoughts.

And I agree: Rebaczonok-Padulo looks like one sleazy mofo.

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Postby IOP » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:39 am

Why not to move to Canada?

a) Social country: you may afford yourself to retire there
b) Good climate
c) Amazing nature: not sure that you may find something similar in this region

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 11:29 am

I can understand why this guy was afraid of getting mugged or something while in the US. Somebody probably would do the guy a favour and put him out of his misery.

Unfortunately for Singapore, he has bought the PAP pap lock, stock & barrel. I walked the US all hours of the day & night the first 36 years of my life without gettin robbed, mugged or shot. Of course if one wants to behave stupidly one can always put themselves into harms way. Even here. While not getting shot (well not always anyway - a number of times that has also happened here) it's pretty easy to get beaten up, killed with a parang or chunkuls. Not counting just being jumped by a dozen local gang members.

Where poverty does exist, there is recourse via governmental and non-governmental bodies.


Yeah, and the poor don't know how to access it as it's broken into 20 or more departments/organizations that even most government officials don't know what's available, let alone the uneducated poor.

Another is the virtual absence of any overt racialistic or religious intolerance, thanks to cultural norms and strict laws that protect religious and ethnic rights.


Virtual? I doubt he is married to a local minority. He also probably doesn't live in an HDB flat (or his wife - if he's married - wouldn't be hampered by racial quotas like the minorities are).

However, having said all that, I also disagree with the Yalies.

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Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 1:25 pm

If the US can get rid of a few more retards like this guy, I might just be tempted to go back.

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 1:33 pm

zzm9980 wrote:If the US can get rid of a few more retards like this guy, I might just be tempted to go back.


I know judge-book-cover-blah-blah-blah but he really looks like those sleaze bag characters in movies that sell out their country in exchange for money.

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Postby BillyB » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 2:58 pm

Such a pointless post - it's like comparing apples and oranges - the guy who made the sweeping statements clearly hasn't got a handle on Singapore (and I'd imagine the US too).

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 3:27 pm

Very interesting surname. Sounds like half-russian and yet if you google it up with the full name or only the Russian component (latin characters) there is only this guy popping out. Either he was a first and only generation in the States or this is a made up name / alias.

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 3:34 pm

BillyB wrote:Such a pointless post - it's like comparing apples and oranges - the guy who made the sweeping statements clearly hasn't got a handle on Singapore (and I'd imagine the US too).


He's a (western) wannabe politician so one can presume all that spills from his mouth is self-interested posturing, positioning, and lies.

Reminds me of an expression...

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Useful idiot
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In political jargon, useful idiot is a pejorative term used to describe people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they do not understand, who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.

The term was originally used to describe Soviet sympathizers in Western countries. The implication was that although the people in question naïvely thought of themselves as an ally of the Soviet Union, they were actually held in contempt and were being cynically used.
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He's a lecturer at Ngee Ann. I was a little surprised to see the highlight of his bio... 'Michael commands a long list of publications, including fiction, school texts and socio-political articles. His most renowned works include the essay on 'Multi-Racialism and the Singaporean Identity', which won 3rd Prize in the PAP Youth Wing National Essay Writing Competition in 1988'.

I don't know about others. But I don't think I'd make 3rd place in a youth essay competition 25 years ago a highlight on my bio :o


SMS I read a couple of articles on this Yale issue, most of them refer to 'lack of cultural understanding', insulting SG, etc, but none of them say what happened, what was actually said or done. Can you shed any light on it for me?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 4:24 pm

This will at least give you some starting point to chase after the nuggets....

"Yale University will go ahead with plans for the upcoming Yale-National University of Singapore (NUS) College slated to open in 2013, despite a resolution passed on Thursday by its professors to protect civil rights and political freedom at the college.

A Yale spokesman said on Friday in response to questions from The Straits Times that it is 'proceeding with its work on the college'.

Yale President Professor Richard C. Levin said in an email statement that he 'opposed the resolution because it did not capture the mutual respect that has characterised the Yale-NUS collaboration from the beginning' but he 'values the engagement of my colleagues and their commitment to important principles'.

The resolution expresses Yale College faculty members' 'concern regarding the history of lack of respect for civil and political rights in the state of Singapore'."

Following are some earlier links which get closer to the origin of the debate......

http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/ED ... -%E2%80%A6

http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/ED ... erspective

http://socect.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/ ... singapore/

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Postby morenangpinay » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 6:26 pm

The most important part of the resolution was this:
“We, the Yale College Faculty, express our concern regarding the history of lack of respect for civil and political rights in the state of Singapore, host of Yale-National University of Singapore College.


We urge Yale-NUS to respect, protect and further principles of non-discrimination for all, including sexual minorities and migrant workers; and to uphold civil liberty and political freedom on campus and in the broader society. These ideals lie at the heart of liberal arts education as well as of our civil sense as citizens, and they ought not to be compromised.”

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 7:30 pm

Thanks for those links SMS, I think I got it now.

Singapore wants to 'open up' but loses it immediately a bit of free speech pops up (cue lots of Useful American Idiots).

Ivy league US university advocated free speech in Singapore, whereas back in the US on their campuses anyone who does not follow the mandated ultra-liberal/PC line is likely to get black-balled out.

All makes perfect sense lol... :?

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Re: Former American says US sucks

Postby Mary Hatch Bailey » Mon, 16 Apr 2012 8:14 pm

jeffmenon wrote:AS A person who was born in Connecticut (not far from Yale University)


As a fellow Connecticut-born (not far from Yale University) person, all I can say is:

:oops:


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