Sunday, September 04, 2005

Angels at Home; Havoc Overseas

Check out the Electric New Paper, Sept 5 edition on the comparison between local and overseas Singapore undergraduates. I wonder why it even appeared as a newsworthy article. Such activities have been going on for so many years in the overseas campuses that they can be considered non-events.

Is it such a shock really? Or is it that the 'scholars, top-scorers, prefects and councillors' are supposed to maintain some kind of moralistic behavior?

No wild parties here, just a beautiful sunrise. 江山美人


Unknown said...

Think it's good to give "tame people" a heads up on what's going on. I do agree, however, that such things here are considered "normal" among college students. I do not respect people who do these kinda things though, and I believe that people *can* say no. Think it's just like the article said: people get confused when going from a conservative society to a slightly less conservative one. Therefore, the same reason goes to the "writing of the article," as you mentioned...Possibly 'cause they can't believe it themselves and view it as a shock as well.

kai lin said...

It may not be news to you, but it sure is to a lot of people back here. Even some of the parents of children studying abroad are surprised by this article. That's pretty much what news is about, isn't it? Whatever's shocking and people would wanna read about.

Also, don't forget it's The New Paper you're reading. They're always digging out little nuggets of information to sensationalize into smth big. This article took up the first 6 pages of yesterday's New Paper, including the cover page. -_-;;

daftbitch said...

Perhaps it's no big deal. Perhaps it is.

my mom didn't even raise an eyebrow.

Hmmm... Takchek, i don't study in SoCal. I just so happen to have a home in SoCal.
Email me... i'm curious to know who lies behind takchek besides the usual historian.

And i'm really amazed you read my blog.

vivienne said...

To be honest, I was thinking about this when during the height of the "scholar-made-me-pregnant-and-he-doesn't-want-me" blog. As much as I feel that it is only human to err, it's no surprise to why the general public perceieve that scholars should adhere to a high moral code.

If you think about it, the government has always 'led Singapore by example' and they have always put great emphasis on the integrity of their party members (I do recall that the white uniform that PAP members wear is symbolic of something along the lines of 'being pure and uncorrupted'). So, why would I be surprised if the general public expects our scholars who are the future MPs to be goody two shoes?