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November 23, 2003

Asian family values

The BBC recently had a series called The Asian Family. All five programmes are online in audio format. Program 2, titled "When a Girl Marries" is set in Singapore. There are some funny segments detailing the banal realities of Singapore's Confucian-Orwellianism on the subway. They interview some single professional women as to why they aren't marrying and breeding. One woman says: "'traditional' men haven't adjusted to the needs of modern women, but 'sensitive new age guys tend to be irritating whiners!'" Can't win I guess. The most bizarre moment was when one woman said that she intended to do right by her government when she was ready, referring to Senior Minister Lee Kwan Hew's stated goal that college educated women should have more children.

Posted by razib at 05:40 PM