Click on the links, it’s all about family


On my vague attempt to do some academic work done, I found this. It’s a 15-year-old article by Fareed Zakaria interviewing then Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Yeah, I can’t believe it’s that old. But, it was a very interesting read.

I don’t agree on Lee’s fierce support on Eastern values in which the individual exist in the context of family. I mean, of course family is important. But, surely a person could live his own life freely under universal values of kindness.

I think a lot of young Indonesian holds the same ground as I do but with a bit of compromising, which reminds me of a column written by Kartika Jahja. (READ IT!).

I friend of mine said that there’s a generational gap between parents and children. A lot of parents don’t actually know the lives of their adult children. I think the problem here, is that children rarely have the guts to confront their parents or when they do, it will either jeopardize their relationship to the point of being disowned or make parents cry and get ill because of stress. Hence. Kartika’s title “What you see ain’t what you get”.


3 Responses to “Click on the links, it’s all about family”

  1. Jen Says:

    I had to read that for uni last year, it’s really interesting piece. As recall though he draws a distinction between Sino cultural values and Malay ones. He very much puts Singapore in a basket with Vietnam, China, Korea and Japan.

  2. anandaayu Says:

    Hey, that’s true. I wonder why though, cause from he’s descriptions about the values of family and individuality do resembles the Malay ones. Or maybe, because Singapore, Vietnam, China, Korea and Japan, has less influence from Islam, compared to Malay?

    Anyway, it was very interesting.

  3. lovelli Says:

    One of the things we are lacking today, as you also showed free-willy on your piece, is what we are not familiar with. And it is how to (despite how to dress, behave, observe, write and respond) feel. What to feel in certain situations, for example, can be really painful.

    I truly enjoy reading Tika’s article. Thanks for pointing that out.

    After following this piece, I began to realize that the sorts of emotion acceptable fo certain conditions, to be very deep, is not something we all know by heart.

    When you don’t cry, but the entire bodily function feels the same way you feel after crying for hours (sore throat and all, runny nose and numb, numb tummy), and you don’t look sad, can you call it sadness?

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