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Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore

Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore | June-Holidays-Assignment_Zulfadhli | Scoop.it
This LibGuide explores the following themes: 1. causes and effects of conflict in a multi-ethnic society (case studies of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka and 2. challenges in resolving ethnic conflicts.

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This article shows how a Multi-Ethnic society, Sri Lanka can have conflict and cause a tragic civil war. Briefly, the Tamils were initially more priviledge than the Sinhalese and after that, there was a twist and resulted in a reversal. This raged the Tamils, starting a war causing many lives lost. I think that everyone should be treated equally. I wonder how Singapore maintained sovereignity over the years.

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Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 3, 2013 6:45 AM

After reading this article, i learnt that there is a conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese, which took place in Sri Lanka and lasted for over more than 100 years. As the Sinhalese have many benefits like, more job offers and further education opportunities, which the Tamils are unhappy about, thus conflicts between the two ethnic groups started.

I feel that the two ethnic groups shouldn't use violence to solve their problems. Its not worth it to get people injured or killed just to have that problem evened out. Both should talk to each other what their are unhappy about and give in to each other.

I wonder why they want to pursue the matter for such a long time.

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:59 AM

After reading this article, I believe that in order for a country to achieve progress, social, economical and political stability, it has to first achieve muti-ethnic harmony. this is true as different races in a country need to work in cohesion in order to benefit both the country and themselves. This can be seen as Singapore has gone through much progress since the racial riots end. However if racial instability has struck a multi-ethnic country, this will create a lot of problems for the country like major riots and civil wars. this will cause the country to fall in economical and political terms. This can be seen in Sri Lanka as it went through civil war which killed more than 100000 people. This war greatly affect Sri Lanka's economy and causes a major political instability in the country. Due to this, I believe that a country multi-ethnic country must achieve racial harmony in order to benefit everyone.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 11:23 AM

Peace and harmony , don't everyone want to stay that way forever? Thats why i seriously wonder , why would people want to start wars , destroying their paradise. In every country's road to success , there must be lots and lots of ups and downs , between its neighboring countries and even between their own people. We're all living in the 21st century , why would we still think in that manner that violence will solve everything? It never will , it will just make the matter worse and cause it to affect a larger amount of people and to last for an even longer period of time. The matter may start of small but because of the use of violence , the matter will start to enlarge and then it would not only be in-between the people who started the matter but the whole country. It will then be reflected badly on the race of the people and also the country. Bit by bit everything will start to fall. Therefore , to me i wonder , why would people want to make things that are simple into things that are so complicated that will cause major damages?

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OpenIDEO - How might we inspire and enable communities to take more initiative in making their local environments better?

OpenIDEO - How might we inspire and enable communities to take more initiative in making their local environments better? | June-Holidays-Assignment_Zulfadhli | Scoop.it

Singapore started out as a small fishing village but, rather quickly, turned into a sprawling metropolis. Like many other countries, it has reached a highly developed state. Public agencies such as Singapore's National Environment Agency would like to envision how to rejuvenate our local environments to inspire and enable communities to make our living environments better – and are eager to collaborate with the global community to explore solutions which resonate in Singapore and across the world.


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I can see from the article that Singapore started from just a small fishing village into a bustling city although just a red dot on the map. The National Environment Agency is trying to work with other communities to change the local environment for the better, so as to inspire and enable other communities to make ours better. I think that being a part of a global community is a good thing as it will further help to improve the environment we are in. I wonder howour local environment would change if the government never communicated with other communities.

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Nathaniel Loreno Arendayen's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:17 PM

Using the 'see-think-wonder' I can see that Singapore is enthusiastic about collaboration with other countries. This is because a country cannot survive on it's own especially a country as small as Singapore. But even though Singapore is a small country it is recognised globally. I think that this is a great opportunity to foster good ties with other countries especially those in Asia as more problems are arising regionally and globally. By working together with other countries, global or regional crisis can be averted, like the recent Haze issue. Working together can prove to be effective and may stop major issues from happening ahead of time. I wonder what other ways can we foster good relationships with other countries and how we can solve the problems we face.

Wu Weiyang's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:30 AM

I see that Singapore has reached the status of a developed country and we are still trying to further improve ourselves. I think that collaborating with the global community will allow Singapore to be heard and enable ourselves to reach greater heights with the help of other countries' opinions. I wonder if there are other ways to make our living environments better other than collaborating with the global community.

Teoh Jun Fang's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:27 AM

(See-Think-Wonder) From this article, I can see that Singapore has developed very well and quickly over the years. Singapore started out small but now, it is a bustling city with good economy. Now that the population is growing, we need to have a good environment, connection with neighbouring countries,etc for the future generations. I think that working with the other countries is the best solution since Singapore is such a small country that does not have much natural resources. I wonder what will happen if other countries refuse to work with Singapore?

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How Much Is A Man’s Trash Worth? $3 | blogwithbrad.com

How Much Is A Man’s Trash Worth? $3 | blogwithbrad.com | June-Holidays-Assignment_Zulfadhli | Scoop.it
Need help with online Marketing? Gain Quality Advice and Tips to push your business to the next level. Great Website for Beginners...Exposing the best programs to join and build your Monthly Income...See you Inside..

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I can see that the bowl which was initially worth just $3 to majority of New Yorkers, actually had a tremendous value of $2.2 million. This allowed the bowl at the cost of a rag, became riches at an auction. I think that different people see the value of different things differently. I wonder how people in Singapore would see this bowl, how valueable one might find it.

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Sindy Teo's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:43 AM

This article talks about a family in New York who went to snoop around a yard and got themselves a bowl which no one else see any good in.They treated the bowl with good care and placed it on their mantle piece.Recently,this family got curious and sent it for an  auction,unexpectedly,that bowl was sold at 2.2 Million.Just an ordinary bowl something where no one else see in,actually a beauty in disguise.

Serena Lim's comment, June 28, 2013 10:19 AM
This is my insight of the article using the thinking routine of see-think-wonder.I see a normal bowl which a family bought at a yard.But when they send it for auction,the bowl actually turned out to be a 'treasure' that they had bought and it fetched a price of $2.2 million.I think that the people who find this no value,it's at thier own loss.I wonder how many people in this world would ever judge things by it's image.
Serena Lim's curator insight, June 28, 2013 10:40 AM

This is my insight of the article using the thinking routine of see-think-wonder.I see a normal bowl which a family bought at a yard.But when they send it for auction,the bowl actually turned out to be a 'treasure' that they had bought and it fetched a price of $2.2 million.I think that the people who find this no value,it's at thier own loss.I wonder how many people in this world would ever judge things by it's image.

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Racism is a white man's invention: Indians may be bigoted, prejudiced and ... - Daily Mail

Racism is a white man's invention: Indians may be bigoted, prejudiced and ... - Daily Mail | June-Holidays-Assignment_Zulfadhli | Scoop.it

Racism is a white man's invention: Indians may be bigoted, prejudiced and ... - Daily Mail


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I am able to see that racism, which is a prejudice, is more or less a "white-man's invention". However, there is a huge percentage of Indians who have the same prejudice too. They are very particular of who they are with, like not wanting to live next to a neighbour of a different race. It is rather astonishing that Indians have this kind of view too. I think that prejudice is something that is hard to change as it is one's impression of something that they are "taught" to be against, depending on how one is brought up. I wonder what other kinds of prejudice exists in this world.
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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:31 AM

India is the world's second-most racist country after Jordan. I think that people should be more accepting towards other races,their languages as well as their religion and not be prejudice. It do not matter what colour we are, as we are all humans, and have blood flowing in us. I wonder if racism will continue and is the government going to do anything about it . Racism had also become a serious issue.

Seamus Ong's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:55 AM

This is my insight using the see-think-wonder routine. From this article I can see that people are being judged by the colour of their skin, accent and other stuff. I see that most races are being judged based on what the minority from the race does like how some act or talk in public and based on that, other racial groups are under the impression that all people of that certain race is like that and they thus sterotype or generalise everyone belonging to that race. this article makes me think that racism is a big problem and one of the main causes of conflict in multienthnic societies like racial riots. I wonder if racism will ever stop.

Asha Begum's curator insight, July 6, 5:20 AM

Treating the Indians in this way is not right. White men should change their perception of Indian people. Racism should stop because it is not fair to be prejudiced. 

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Realization of reaching possibilities

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Many people see women not as capable as men, however, from this chart, I can see that as long as one believes in herself,with desire to develop her talent, there are many possibilities. I think that by realising that there are possibilities, with factors to go with, one can make something happen. I wonder if many people think the same as I do.

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:27 AM

As long as people believe in themselves, they will be able to do better in life, of course,with the support of their family and friends. In order to achieve what they want to, they must have traits like determination , and a sense of motivation.Taking risk and being patient and having self esteem is also very important. I beleive that with a good attitude and personalities, a person can achieve great talents.

Wu Weiyang's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:21 AM

I see that there are many factors leading to realization of reaching the possibilities such as specific personality traits and environmental factors. However, the most important factor is to believe in yourself, build up your confidence and have the desire to succeed. I think that women can be just as successful as men in the different faculties as long as they realize their talent. I wonder what will happen if the enviroment is not ideal to realize your talent.

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 9:52 AM

From this flowchart, I can see that there are many factors that may or will lead to the opportunities available. The flowchart also show that rescilience and the desire to excel is also needed to reach the possibilities other than having the skills needed to do so. Another important factor is that we must believe in ourselves in order to achieve the opportunities. Eventhough there are a lot of factors that has not got to do with us we are solely responsible in opening more opportunities.