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In this series, we profile individuals whose stories and experiences have been left out by mainstream narratives.
Amongst Us “Whenever people hear that you're studying Chinese, the first response would be a very shocked one." In an English-educated society where the relevancy of Chinese is dwindling, what are the challenges and experiences of students learning the language? Are they sufficiently equipped to apprecia
Amongst Us Despite garnering the strong support of over 10,000 followers on his account, John continues to see the ugly side of the Internet: haters. He tells us what he thinks it takes to block the hate out, and seek true fame.
Amongst Us ‘European’ but also ‘Asian,’ what constitutes ‘culture’ for the Eurasian ethnicity? Branyo, a social dance often accompanied by the Kristang song ‘Jinkli Nona’, is one tradition that Veron Ann wishes to continue with her children, in hopes that they will be more in touch with thei
Amongst Us A Tukang Urut, also known as a healer and practitioner of traditional Malay massage, is typically known via word of mouth among the elder Malay-Singaporean community. 10 years into his craft, Firdaus opens up about how the job has helped him to walk away from violence and darker times in his youth.
Amongst Us For HardwareZone user @LocalITGuy who identifies as a BBFA (Bui Bui Forever Alone), being confident about his physical appearance has been a daily struggle. But is there more to the BBFA community than meets the eye?
Amongst Us Would you trust your future to be told via an email report? Or would you think it’s a scam? As an ancient divinity technique, Ba Zi (八字) was first devised to forecast disasters and find opportunities for success. Today, Sean has modernised the same philosophies to preserve this sacred art o
Amongst Us When you have a fear of making mistakes, you start to question everything you do. Growing up with low self-esteem became a self-fulfilling prophecy for Leon, who constantly wondered what went wrong and how he "turned out this way". Then cardistry happened, and everything shuffled into place.
Amongst Us Some ball-jointed doll collectors say that their dolls are a reflection of their personalities. We speak to Mei An, who suffers from anxiety attacks. When she wakes up at night in a panic, she looks over at her dolls and feels reassured. They tell her that everything will be OK. That they’ll get t
Amongst Us If you were 60, successful, and single, would you still look for love? Addie has earned himself a name as a prominent figure in Singapore's fashion and nightlife scene. Running the now closed Taboo nightclub since the '90s has been his claim to fame—but the limelight has also scared potential s
Amongst Us Many people associate witchcraft with Satanism, but that couldn't be further from the truth. For Nara, who was once outcasted by peers, being a witch is more than just about charms and hexes. It has given her the gift of feeling comfortable in her own skin. Because of this, she realises that some
Going on overseas student exchange trips—is this actually accessible to all? For one SMU student, her family’s financial circumstances are a daily reminder of the practical sacrifices she has to make while her peers enjoy the luxury of choice.
Music producer. Bass guitar sessionist. Father. Colin Yong juggles all his roles with aplomb, but not without some thorny thoughts about the local music industry. Despite never making practical use of his Economics university degree, Colin’s perspective offers a pragmatic view of the socioeconomics at play in the music scene.