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Why is no one listening to local music? Also, here are some good Singaporean artists.

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By Syaura Nashwa (24S03R)

Read until the end for artist recommendations!

Do we have culture?

This is a great debate between edgy teenagers and zealous seniors. The older generations would argue that Singapore has its local food and colloquial language. Though, some aren’t sure if hawker food, “shiok”, and love for bubble tea are substantial grounds to grow culture.

Amidst all these different opinions, there is one thing we can agree on. No one listens to Singaporean music.

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National Examinations: How Standardisation Benefits Us

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By Clara Chai (22A01D)

104 twenty-cent and fifty-cent coins. 1.134 kg. Sound familiar? 

While browsing through countless memes of Helen and Ivan last year, I came across this interesting news article. It touched on the stress that the PSLE brings to young children, as well as how our approach towards the national exams may be causing more harm than good. Yet, it also encouraged readers to maintain a positive attitude towards these exams.

For most students, the grades that they attain from their examinations are very important. To them, their marks impact their academic confidence and future educational pathways. For this reason, the scores they obtain for their national examinations may carry more than double the weight in their hearts. Words like ‘bell curve’ and ‘national performance’ strike fear in many students’ hearts as their grades seemingly hang on sheer unpredictability.

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No, I Don’t Speak Tamil: Understanding Non-Tamil Indian Languages (NTIL)

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By Samyak Jain (21S03A) and Snehal Sachde (21S07C)
Cover image by Neo Xin Yuan (21A01D) 

Chances are, you’ve complained about taking Mother Tongue before. We sure have. However, some of us have more to complain about than others. On top of the regular boredom which many associate with the subject, students who take Non-Tamil Indian Languages (NTILs) face a unique set of challenges that are generally not considered by the wider school population. 

Chances also are, you know that most Indians in Singapore speak and learn Tamil. However, this isn’t an accurate representation of the languages spoken in India at all. 

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“Where Did All Our Art Gogh?”: Forgotten Art in Bishan-Marymount and How We View Art’s Worth

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This was written in collaboration with EJC Press as part of Issue 2 of Cross Island Impressions, an inter-JC Press collaboration. You can read Issue 2 here.

By Jolene Leow (20-E1; EJC), Samyak Jain (21S03A; RI), Thet Hninn Zin (21A13A; RI)

If you have been in Raffles Institution (RI) or Eunoia Junior College (EJC) for at least a year, you have probably passed by the mural below. As you walk from the North-South line towards the gantry at Bishan MRT station, a bright hue of pink hits you with quirky characters, oversized cats (who doesn’t love that) and even a reference to Junction 8. Despite the thousands of commuters who pass by this mural repeatedly every day, few would have stopped to try to understand the meaning behind this piece of work. 

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Fathers, Brothers, and Sons

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By Raffles Press

In our earlier article entitled A Home Away From Home, we explored how migrant communities in Little India have imbued migrant workers, both Indian and Bangladeshi, with a sense of belonging. 

From Bangla Square to Mustafa Centre, there are numerous spaces for foreign workers to mingle, enjoy food from their own culture, and buy goods to send back home to their loved ones—in other words, spaces where they can feel connected to their motherland. And foreign workers have rated Singapore as one of the best places to work: an MOM survey found that close to 90% of foreign workers say they are satisfied with working in Singapore. 

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