Saturday 25 January 2014

A soft Y generation? -Yen Yuen

Singaporeans are being labelled as the Y Generation which is also known as the strawberry generation. Senior Minister, Goh Chok Tong said that if not for National Service, Singaporeans might have become a strawberry generation like Taiwan. He  added that these people does not take part in physical activities frequently and tends to participate in social networking.

However, some people begs to differ. Prof Tan Ern Ser, an associate professor of sociology in National University of Singapore, feel that it is typical for one to live with one's parents when one is married since households now are so small.

Regarding the issue of job hop, maybe young people aren't soft but they just need the right motivation. Having the right motivation so that they have meaningful things to do and reasonable goals to achieve.


Personally, I agree that Singaporeans should not be labelled as the strawberry generation.

Referring to the points raised in the article about living with parents after marriage, I agree that there is no problem since flats' price are now increasingly becoming more expensive and most of them could not afford it. Hence, they have to stay with their parents temporarily until they have acquired sufficient funds to purchase a flat on their own. 

Moreover, Job-Hopping is also not the main argument as to why they should be labelled as the Strawberry Generation. The reasons to job-hop may depends on the environment and employers' character. Most of them would prefer to try something more adventurous, meaningful and in order to do so, they job hop. 

In conclusion, Singaporeans are not the generation that are soft and easily bruised.

Friday 24 January 2014

Is a strawberry generation emerging in Singapore?

Summary: Strawberry generation are big in Japan and growing in Taiwan. It is unknown whether are there in Singapore so they are simply tag as Gen Y. No matter what they are called they shares the same traits of being spoilt, insubordinate, sluggish at work, apathetic, still live with and sponge off their parents and cannot stand hardship. Minister Goh Chok Tong believe that if it wasn't for NS Singapore would have become strawberry generation. But Gen Yers beg to differ, they earn their own money and do not rely on parent. some say that it's parent are the one who contribute to the generation instead of themselves.

Opinion: I believe that it is both parents and youth that contribute to the current generation. Parents play the part of spoiling their child and youth played the part of not changing themselves but still continue being spoilt. To change the generation, parents had to stop spoiling their child and youth had to move out of their comfort zone.

A soft Y generation? by demi tay

Singapore- They are big in Japan, growing in Taiwan but are there strawberries here too? Not the fruit, but young people who are just as soft.In Japan, the post-1980s children are referred to as fretters.In Taiwan, they are known as the strawberry generation.In Singapore, they're simply tagged as Gen All these children share a common traits.They are spoilt, insubordinate, sluggish at work, apathetic, still live with and sponge off their parents and cannot stand hardship. we have here are not strawberries but youths who live by a misguided notion of success.Perhaps what they need is confidence and some encouragement - to venture out of their comfort zones and become useful members of society in their own ways.'

In my opinion. I feel that children  in Singapore do not represent strawberry generation. Indeed, some may live with their parents and all. This reason being is that in houses in Singapore are extremely expensive as the land are limited compared to other countries in the world. Most of Singapore children would go and work and the money they earn would give their parents or pay for household expenses lightening their parent's financial burden. Therefore,this already prove that Singapore is definitely not a strawberry generation

Singapore youth: Apathetic no more By JunTian

Summary: In the past, Singaporean youths are often labeled as being apathetic. They were accused of being fixated on the paper chase and material comforts, being out of touch with politics and oblivious to the plight of others. Even the then-Prime Minister had to address the issue at a national forum, saying that the youths have gone soft. However, the youths of today have proven to have risen to the challenge, and are aided in no small part by the medium that they grew up with — the much-maligned Internet. Youths are making use of social networking sites to help the society in different ways.

 Opinion: I feel that youths should no longer be accused as being apathetic. It is evident that they are far from that. Youths are actively involved in current affairs, volunteering and helping others in times of emergency. They are not as cold as the older generation prefer to believe they are. Youths are often discredited just because the older generations see one side of them and refuse to acknowledge the other. However, many youths have taken up voluntary jobs regardless whether it is because of school VIA or not. Youths are also getting more involved in politics and are voicing out their opinions and thoughts.  

Saturday 18 January 2014

Are teenagers apathetic towards the less fortunate by ZhiGang

Summary: Most youths today are sympathetic for the less fortunate and are trying their best to help those in need by lending their time in Community Involvement Projects (CIP). Some teenagers even take the initiative to start on new projects or volunteer to help the less fortunate. Even if there are teens who are apathetic and do not care about the less fortunate but we should not forget about the majority who are very sympathetic towards the less fortunate and are willing to help.

Opinion: In my opinion, I feel that it is indeed wrong to call adolescents apathetic these days. Schools have organize events like Community Involvement Project (CIP) or Values In Action (VIA) to encourage teens to more do their part in helping others who are in need. An example was that teenagers these days have grown concern for the less fortunate and even a simple act of donating to the man selling tissue papers on the street shows that they care.

Is it fair to call Singapore's youth the strawberry generation? By: Sherman

Singapore's young workers have been called the strawberry generation: easily bruised by work and life. On the other hand, the older 30- to 40-somethings like to think of themselves as tough nuts who are hardworking and know what it is like to struggle for a job. The young are more rooted in reality and have more grit than the general perception would suggest. Older workers often gripe about young workers' lack of commitment and tendency to job-hop. They on the other hand are the most satisfied with their lot, with around seven in 10 saying they have a good job. Gen Y are more educated than their predecessors, more tech-savvy and plugged into the world, and have more overseas exposure, from overseas school trips, university internships and study exchanges.
In my opinion, I believe that we should be labelled the strawberry generation because it is too partly the previous generation's fault for our restrictions. The previous generation will always think of the coming generation as incapable and will never meet up to expectations. They will never give us a chance to prove ourselves and they will always think of themselves as perfect superiors that has experienced more hardships as compared to us. I believe that the generation now is more capable as compared to the previous generation because of the things which we are capable of doing. Whereas, the older generation should let younger people help out and stop hogging everything to themselves. Therefore I believe that it is not fair to call Singapore's youth as the strawberry generation.

Friday 17 January 2014

opinion :how singapore youth are different from the past by demi tay


During the time when Singapore just gained their independence and everything was unstable. The housing ,the education and political system was not as developed as now. It was a struggle for the youth. They need to oppose against the government in order to improve their lives. If not, they would be at a disadvantage. Today, youth have nothing to be worried about as Singapore has become a developed country and everything in Singapore was not at a disadvantages  to them unlike last time.

summary : method and aim of youth activisim in post-war singapore by demi tay

The aims of the youth activism is to come out from the anti-colonial struggle, also provides education for everyone and also protesting against conspiracy. In addition, they hope to create the kind of individual  who is empower by others wanted to empower their country .In elite school there are also students encouraging to teach others who are a few years younger than them.Their methods to get their aim include prevalence of 'yellow culture', preparing themselves for the new nation after independence

Why do you think Singapore youths were so different in the past? By JunTian

In the past, the people were not as fortunate as we are today. They lived in poverty, and had to help one another. It was also a time of instability and people were unsure of their future. Thus, the youths have to stand up and fight for what they thought is right, and the best for themselves or the rest of the community. However, we are living in times of peace and we do not have to worry so much about such things. Singapore's government have also become very reliable thus we do not have to use such methods to object about anything.

Summarise the methods and aims of youth in post-war Singapore by JunTian

The quest for Chinese education in the multi-racial society emerging from the anti-colonial was one of their aims. Student unions were formed. Students protested against conscription which they viewed as an attempt to co-opt  them into the war against Malayan communists. They believed independence would restore fraternal co-existence between peoples of Malaya. They also disagreed with the 'yellow Culture' which was prevalent. Students wanted to accelerate Malayan history by the advances they saw as a new political civilisation in China Students also started Malay classes to prepare themselves for the new nation after independence.When some students were arrested and banished to China, they continued protesting and refused to board or exit the ship. Even when they are in China, they continued regarding themselves as people of Malaya.

Summarise the method and aims of youth activism in the past by Ryan

Summary: As education was both a personal and a collective quest for survival. Parents sae it as providing their children with a way out of grinding poverty. For the children of labouring poor  who could not afford regular school they attend night school found by itinerant hawkers associations. Students from elite schools also helps to teach people younger than them by a few year at the school. The economics of desperation and the politics of hope created  this kind of individual who, empowered by others, wanted to empower society.

Why do you think Singapore Youth were so different in the past.

In the past youth mostly come from a unwell income family and was unable to study so they do not take things for granted. However, youth nowadays are from well income family and is able to go to school to study. Lifestyle in the past was not that modern as it is now so youth than do not get influence by what's around them as at that time it was all about hardship and youth had to play a part to keep the family going. But now lifestyle is all modern and youth are influence by social medias.

Saturday 11 January 2014

Summarize the methods and aims of youth activism in post-war Singapore By: Sherman

Youth activism is work by students to cause political, environmental, economic or social change. Although often focused on schools, curriculum and education funding. Student groups have influenced greater political events. In the past, students went to school at night with the help of itinerant hawkers. Students which came from good schools were tasked to teach those who could not afford school fees. Adults also came to attend these classes to learn how to read and write. This student movement had raised the importance of independence and the ties with people of Malaya.

Why do you think Singapore youths were so different in the past? By: Sherman

I think that Singapore youths were so different in the past due to the influences of stuff around them. In the past, there was no such thing as internet chatting nor was there any social media. However, in today's world, we have many youths who use social media to carry out their daily lifestyle. In the past, Singapore youths live by having fun with friends but now, they are having fun with their computers. The difference in both technology and the person's lifestyle now showed that we are different from our past.

Summarize the methods and aims of youth activism in post-war singapore by ZhiGang

Summary: In the past, youths attended schools but they were barely enough to fill their stomach in schools. For the poorer ones, they attended night schools founded by itinerant hawkers. Students that were from better schools taught those students that were in other schools and also supporting them to teach each other. Adults who were illiterate went on literate classes to study how to read and write as well. Youths created the student movement to raise the importance of having independence that would restore fraternal co-existence between the peoples of Malaya. Students then start to prepare themselves for the nation after independence.

Why do think Singapore youth were so different in the past by ZhiGang

Youths in the past were too poor to study. Hence they would grasp the chance to study well so that they will have a better life. Nowadays, youths have the chance to study but they do not study well as most families are rich and think that their parents can support them forever.

Thursday 9 January 2014

Aitzaz Hasan: Tributes to Pakistan teenager killed when he stopped a bomber by ZhiGang

Summary: Tributes have been pouring for a Pakistani teenager who was killed on Monday when he tackled a suicide bomber targeting his school in the Hangu area. Aizaz Hasan was with his friends outside school when he noticed a man wearing a suicide vest. He left his friends and got hold of the suicide bomber who detonated his vest. News has been pouring over the teenager praising him for sacrificing his life to save the school and it is indeed a great honor.

Opinions: In my opinion, the teenager was indeed very brave. He managed to save a whole school of 2,000 lives. Although the teenager sacrificed his life for that, he is deemed as a hero by the country. The teenager did not care about his life at all and he probably thought at that moment was to save the others from getting killed in his school. I deeply admire him whose actions greatly won praises and gratitude on the social media sites.  

Monday 6 January 2014

What a difference a principal can make by JunTian

Summary: Many heartland schools have introduced a variety of activities, many mooted by innovative principals. In recent rounds of appointments of principals, much was made of the Education Ministry moving senior principals to heartland schools. Education Minister Heng Swee Keat called it a tangible way to make every school a good school.An experienced principal can have a significant effect. But a principal with a heart and a determination to make an impact on children’s lives makes all the difference. Different principals have took many initiatives to improve not only the school generally, but also to help each student improve themselves. From compulsory music lessons to going around areas near the school to seek help from shopkeepers and residence to spot if any students are misbehaving, these principals hope to nurture not only students with good results, but also with good moral values and a sense of art. Principals have also emphasized on academics and co-curriculum activities in order to attract more students.

Opinion: I feel that the impact a principal has on the school and each and every student is really adverse. A good principal's main concern is always their student. Regardless whether it is academics, character, their problems, these principals will try their best to help their students. I feel that the many principals listed have really made many significant improvements to the school. They are willing to sacrifice their personal time just to make sure the best can be given. I feel that they are doing these truly because they want the best for students, not just to improve the school's reputation. Therefore, I feel that these principals are really very noble, and all principals and teachers should take them as role models.