The Singapore model of development and governance has often been described and celebrated as pragmatic. In this talk, "Will pragmatism undermine Singapore's national identity?", Kenneth Paul Tan discussed the ways in which the Singaporean nation-building project has been served by pragmatism, how it can be undermined by a debased form of pragmatism, and what dystopian futures we might expect if that happens. Transcript available here:
"As scholar Kenneth Paul Tan has identified, Malays tend to be portrayed as buffoons, Indians as disagreeable and fearsome, and Eurasians as shallow and unintelligent. Minority characters in Singapore productions are introduced and plumbed for their comedic value in narratives dominated by Chinese characters." Article available here.