Yale resolution misses the wood for the trees: a summary of Toh Cheng Seong’s April 10th, 2012 piece in the Straits Times

Toh Cheng Seong expresses in the Straits Times his disappointment in some members of the Yale community for having “missed the wood for the trees”.

He feels that in contrary to the ideals of intellectual discourse, many American detractors are “rehashing poorly informed stereotypes” about Singapore.

He finds irony in Singapore—purportedly “repressive”—willing to embark on such a project, yet some Yale members—claiming to be liberal-minded—rejecting any perceived differences as inferiority.

Ultimately, Yale-NUS should be about intellectual exploration on both parts, and not an “an axis of cultural imperialism”, he concludes.

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