Today's post is dedicated to ethnic characteristics of Singapore. In addition to geographic location, a crucial role in the development of the country has played its population. Looking under the cut, you know what nationality residing in Singapore, how they interact with each other, the languages spoken and how to preserve the national identity. And, of course, look at interesting pictures.
To date, Singapore's population reaches just over 4 million people. It is represented by a colorful kaleidoscope of ethnic: Chinese - 77%, Malays - 15%, Indians - 7% - most of them Tamils, to a lesser extent - Malayalam, Punjabi and Bengali. Small groups are Arabs, Jews, Thais, Japanese and mestizo (Eurasians).
Despite this ethnic mix, Singapore residents coexist peacefully and respect the customs of other nations, developing and maintaining their own traditions, festivals and cuisine. For example, in Singapore there are 3 major ethnic quarters - Chinese, Arabic and Indian. Although judging by the quantitative representation of the Chinese, Singapore itself - one large China Town.
However, in conversations with Singaporeans keep in mind that they are proud of their state and do not tend to focus on his ethnicity, so the question: "Who are you - a Chinese or Malay?", The tourist can get a dignified response: "I am Singaporean .
In these neighborhoods neat set of colored houses.
But there are also larger.
And even bigger. After all, and Singapore - the second country in the world by population density.
The most striking and interesting area, in my opinion, it's China Town.
There you can find many shops and stores, cafes and restaurants.
Fans of authentic dishes will be here in paradise. The main thing is to choose the right dish.
National language for historical reasons is Malay, and the national anthem is sung Majulah Singapura in Malay. The official languages are English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Since independence, the administration is actively using English. Large-scale campaign "Speak Mandarin" was held to unite all Chinese dialects. Many of the ads, newspapers, publications are made only in English and Chinese.
Since 1970 the country was virtually no ethnic conflicts. In October of 2005 for racist comments a local blogger was sentenced to a month in prison. And, for example, in schools, are prohibited from wearing the national headdress. Probably, it concerns schools with a mixed composition of students, as I've seen here is a picture during a break at a school for girls.
It is interesting to walk around in these neighborhoods and night and day.
And the small matter of mystery. On tour buses are the languages in which you can obtain information on the route. What is Kiddo?
That is all. See you on the air!
The next post will be dedicated to the island of Sentosa, which is part of Singapore.
A short list of Singapore notes:
Singapore: The future in the present
Ethnic peculiarities of Singapore
Next in line stories about London, Paris and Berlin, where I recently returned.
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