21 March 2021
In an opinion piece, Han Fook Kwang wrote The Stories of a Pandemic (Soap) Awards has just announced its final list of winners, bringing the year-long project to a close. The judging panel which I chair has read hundreds of stories and looked at as many photos and illustrations to select these winners. In all, we recognised 158 writers, photographers and artists whose work from January last year, taken together, tell the story of what it was like to live through the country’s gravest crisis since independence. In every society, and especially during a crisis, there are people who lead from the front and make things happen or do exceptional selfless work. Not everyone can do this. But, at the minimum, every citizen should take an interest in what is happening around him or her. This is especially important in a modern urban city state like Singapore where it is so easy to shut yourself off from others and live in your own private world. You don’t have to do the heroic stuff being written about in sgsoap.sg. But you should get to know the stories unfolding all around you.
…Han Fook Kwang is a Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University and Editor-At-Large with The Straits Times.
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