National women returnees by reading the militia as the people caused heated debate in Singapore
data for: Zhang Yuan Yuan, said in an interview, to serve the motherland is their greatest wish.
newspaper freelance writer Wang Bono from the bottom of Singapore
10 January, the 60th anniversary of New China’s National Day military parade on the square in the eye-catching female militia, living in Singapore, Zhang Yuan Yuan and Fang Like other women in front militia, armed with bombs, and the valiant and heroic passion of youth to stay in the eternal memory of the Republic. But she did not think, not long ago she was the face of a media interview, “to serve the motherland is my greatest wish,” the words, but in neighboring Singapore and China narrow strip of water caused no small vibration. Singapore society parties around the “immigrant identity”, “loyalty” and other words heated discussions, Zhang Yuan Yuan became an Internet and media celebrities.
recently participated in the National Day parade of the “female militia” Zhang Yuanyuan, a then common enough “to serve the motherland,” it led to widespread public debate in Singapore, with Singapore because she does not have a shallow cause.
female militia are permanent residents of Singapore people
29-year-old Zhang Yuan Yuan graduated from the Beijing vocational training schools, kindergarten teaching. 2003 to study in Singapore. The original plan only study one year later by a friend, to a private learning center in Singapore, dedicated to teaching Chinese children age 3 and later got a Singapore Permanent Resident (Permanent Resident, referred to as PR) status – that is Singapore’s “green card . ”
According to Singapore, “Lianhe Zaobao,” reported the eve of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Zhang returned to Beijing, looking for a payroll company in Singapore is not such as to start a new job and life.
2009, Zhang Yuan Yuan heard of Chaoyang District, Beijing will set up the National Day parade of female militia side team, so do not hesitate to report the name, full-time for training. In this regard, said Zhang Yuanyuan, a lot of people to participate in the parade is “a lifetime just to catch up a” valuable opportunity, the experience of her “very important.”
However, so many Singaporeans some can not accept that, when Zhang was asked why the media to join the parade of hard training, she said, because “Beijing is my home … … to serve my motherland biggest wish. ”
lead to distrust of immigrants
precisely because of Zhang Yuan Yuan is the fact that Singapore permanent resident, so her “to serve the motherland” theory to make Singapore ” folks “hear my heart pouring sour taste.
“Lianhe Zaobao,” October 12, entitled “Speaking of the incident from Yuan Yuan Zhang – new homes and home soil Trends and permanent residents? “One paper said that after this incident, we believe that how foreign talents? How equal treatment of these new immigrants? Young Chinese patriotism in the end is to establish on what basis? In their imagination, dedication for the country’s National Day military parade in addition to participating in, what way? In this era of freedom of movement, they go and stay in the trade-off between how much is due to pragmatic considerations, and how much is the selfless nature drives? Community in Singapore to discuss how to treat returning military parade Zhang Yuan Yuan events, while some sound is clearly no longer the sake of discussion, but not obscure to talk about their distrust of immigrants.
Singapore local website “Essay Nanyang Network” forum, the posting says: “by Zhang Yuan Yuan’s example, this person is not actually dangerous, because she dared such a high profile since the National Day in China Of course, do not expect to apply (Singapore citizen) will be allowed to. danger, but is that really hide themselves and become (Singapore) citizens of those. “
empty macro Singaporeans Tan (phonetic) on October 4 for this purpose write letter to Singapore Prime Minister and other government departments. He complained in the letter, Zhang Yuan Yuan Singapore permanent residents in China’s TV program, waving her (Singapore) blue identity cards, claiming to serve the motherland. Tam empty macro in the letter asked: “Is government wants people to accept new immigrants is like Zhang Yuan Yuan so? I ask the Minister of the Interior is prepared to withdraw Zhang Yuan Yuan permanent resident status? I would like to know Zhang Yuan Yuan in Singapore five years ever in universities? If so, we provide a scholarship to her no doubt a waste of money! “
course, there are Singaporeans Zhang Yuan Yuan appreciate. Network called “cook crane burning piano,” posted a message: “Do not the new immigrants and Zhang Yuan Yuan tied Zhang Yuan Yuan is an adult, have the ability to do their own thing responsible, she no great big mistake.”
According to “Lianhe Zaobao” report, has become a permanent resident of Australia AU Singaporeans Wang Jie said: “If I were the same as Zhang Yuan Yuan, the National Day ceremony back to participate in review, will not cause an uproar in Australia as a permanent … … In fact, residents can become a bridge between the two, so that mutual understanding of their culture … the mentality of Singaporeans is very interesting … … so as Zhang Yuan Yuan, patriotism can be put into action is a positive … She returned to China to attend the ceremony, does not mean she does not love Singapore. “
out of the Singapore government statement
hot when in public, the Singapore government-related departments of the state table . Singapore’s National Population Secretariat officials answer Mr. Tan Konghong letter explained: “Singapore is not a permanent resident of Singapore citizens, they retain their original nationality, and the mother we allow them to keep in touch. For example, we can have permanent resident status in other countries Singapore National Day parade back citizens, not as you put it (not allowed to return to China Zhang Yuan Yuan )。”
also reminded MPs of Singapore Singapore, Zhang was a permanent resident of Singapore, but permanent Singapore residents are not the same as having the nationality of the citizen, so she moves back and related words little wrong, I hope people in understanding and tolerance of the heart treatment.
Singapore government’s remarks were an objective, a lot of people do not know the nationality of common sense: a permanent resident does not mean that citizens have the nationality of another country.
the world due to different national conditions, the dual and multiple nationality to take a different approach. China and Singapore not recognize dual nationality exists in their nationality, the citizens are provided, such as having a foreign nationality, does not recognize its own nationality or should automatically give up their nationality.
this law has two meanings, one of the nationality of citizens have every right to choose their own nationality, including nationality, adding another country to give up their nationality; the second is like adding another nationality will no longer have their own nationality . Of Singapore, with its Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng’s words – Singapore is a young country, it takes time to strengthen national identity, dual citizenship is not suitable for Singapore’s national conditions.
Singapore permanent residents holding citizenship does not mean the same as Singapore citizens or they will not stress the “permanent” word. Conversely, a Singapore PR status of the Chinese people still hold Chinese passports, granted by the Chinese government recognized as a Chinese citizen, belongs to the Chinese Government’s overseas aid the exercise of consular protection and the object. Singapore Government set about the PR status, in fact, is to attract foreign talent as a means of international standard, is not new. Singapore PR only documents the skin is blue, it seems that more should be called the “blue card” instead of “green card.”
so as a new PR, Zhang Yuan Yuan, the first she had the right to choose their own nationality, followed by her even with PR status, it is still Chinese nationals, so her return home and serve the country without any inappropriate behavior, more or not does not involve loyalty and moral topics.
challenges facing the national identity
management Having said that, if the look of empathy, a number of citizens complained that Singapore does not seem difficult to understand.
Singapore country Sham scarcity, lack of resources, since its establishment, the development of talented persons in national policy, to make Singapore a truly immigration country. Currently, Singapore’s total population almost equal to 500 million, of which a quarter of immigrants. Immigrants are essential for Singapore to add a human resources, but also brought some not open around the negative issues embodied in how resources are allocated, the integration of immigrants, the national mental tolerance and the consequent social security problems. August 2009, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day speech to refer directly to residential buildings with Chinese and Malay cultural disputes between the expression of the new government will continue to maintain social stability in the pressure. Social cohesion, development of national identity, is one of the major challenges facing Singapore.
Singapore has been able to attract a wide range of international talent, one important reason is that Singapore has a good working and living environment. Critics Lijian Nan Taiwan Politics summary of the advantages of Singapore “three noes”: no greedy officials, social chaos, the environment is not dirty. However, the influx of immigrants, potentially increasing the local working and living costs. Large jobs, small car, the Singapore National has never been felt in recent years, “the crowd”, and naturally led to a certain degree of xenophobia. When a well-known to enjoy the international “three noes” the benefits of foreign PR, their home suddenly say that kind of thing elsewhere, the mind is not difficult to imagine some of the Singapore National complex emotions.
on immigration issues has always been highly controversial. On the one hand, as the migrants themselves, regardless of holding He Guoguo membership, we must first solve the problem of how to integrate into local society, so do as the Romans. On the other hand, as local citizens, should also be tolerant attitude to accept immigrants, so be tolerant to diversity. This is a coin has two sides, is closely real proposition.