Seeing in a New Light

Note: This article was first published by, and for, Social Entrepreneurship Forum: http://www.seforum.sg.

You enter fearless, with seven others, confident that darkness alone poses little threat and challenge. As you venture deeper into the exhibition, with only a white cane and a gentle voice guiding you to “come towards my voice”, new thoughts surface: Is this what it truly feels like to be blind? Can I truly experience the world without sight?
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Securing the Future of Asia’s Food

Note: This article was first published by, and for, Social Entrepreneurship Forum: http://www.seforum.sg.

Think of “Food” and “Asia” and what comes to mind is a rich and diverse mosaic of landscapes and sentiments: on the one hand, we can imagine golden fields of rice tended by tight-knit communities, abundant harvests at year-end festivals, and sprawling, animated markets; however, we also have unsavory images of grain rotting in the heat, poverty-stricken and hungry children, and food riots in urban centers.

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Is Singapore Hungry? – A Project Perk Discussion

Written for The Kent Ridge Common

Hunger in Singapore was the red-hot issue at the very first Project Perk discussion, organized by the Democratic Socialist Club at the Central Library’s Perk Point. The session was moderated by Ms. Heather Chi, a local food activist from youth group Food for All and was attended by some fifteen undergraduates from different walks of life. Continue reading

Medical Ethics is All Political Economy!

Written for The Kent Ridge Common

Attending a pub debate is one of the must-do’s for anyone on exchange in an English-speaking country. In London, the world’s cultural capital, that goes without saying. Having just returned from a very interesting and intense Big Ideas debate on medical ethics at The Wheatsheaf (and expecting another narrow-minded, issues-based discussion full of drunken talk and polarized views), I was pleasantly surprised when speaker Miran Epstein – a Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law at The London School of Medicine – provoked much ire right at the start when he proclaimed: “Medical ethics is all political economy.” Continue reading