The politics of language: How can we mainstream social justice vocabularies?

To broaden the national conversation on migrant workers, Quah Say Jye proposes for civil society to coordinate the introduction of relevant terms into the shared vocabulary. He discusses three criteria for the relevant terms and suggests that the language of exploitation meets those criteria well. Addressing concerns on the feasibility of this proposal, Say Jye provides a case for its uptake and possible methods to do so.

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Golden Mile Complex: Not Just Another Space

Golden Mile Complex is a Brutalist building facing potential demolition after its owners agreed to a collective sale attempt – much to the dismay of many in Singapore. Most news coverage, however, focuses on its architectural importance to Singapore’s heritage. But it plays an important social role, too, for Thai migrants. In this long-form research paper, Al Lim explores Golden Mile, and investigates the effect of its potential destruction on the Thai migrant community in Singapore.

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Can the Migrant Speak?: Migrant Worker Poetry and the Art of Advocacy in Singapore

A humane society cares for all of its members, whether they are citizens or not. But in today’s world, rights are often tied to citizenship. Poh Yong Han explores the options for migrant worker advocacy in Singapore, focusing on the potential power of the arts in bringing about positive change.

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