I had always admired the American ability to combine diversity and difference with progress and prosperity. In Singapore, we are always told that we are a small boat, subject to the turbulent waves of the world; so our only defense is our agility.
Watching the developments in the U.S. and Singapore, I am reminded that democracy is always a work in progress, and that the march towards justice and equality is often messy and rarely linear.
As Singapore continues to grow democratically, it is my hope that...will crack a window open for us to engage meaningfully with sensitive topics: economic inequality, racial inequity and the tension between progressive and religious values.