Kirsten Han

Kirsten Han

Journalist and writer

Telling stories from a tiny Southeast Asian island.

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New racial limits on Singapore democracy

Changes to the island nation's presidential election system, nominally in favor of ethnic minority candidates, mask the ruling People's Action Party's desire to limit electoral choice.

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Next generation target in Singapore family feud

The attorney general's office seeks criminal contempt of court charges against premier Lee Hsien Loong's nephew, Li Shengwu, for questions he raised about judicial independence.

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State versus the arts in Singapore

The National Arts Council claims to support the island nation's emergence as a 'distinctive global city for the arts', but conditional and often withdrawn funding to artists betrays an enduring nanny state.

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Calls mount for accountability in Singapore

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's efforts to absolve himself of abuse of power allegations aired by his younger siblings have only deepened his political troubles.

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Barraged by allegations, Lee vows transparency

In a rare scene of political theater in Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong apologizes to the public for his family's feud.

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Sibling rivalry raises political risks in Singapore

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's public feud with his younger siblings has raised uncomfortable questions about his leadership and governance.

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First family feud mesmerizes Singapore

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's younger siblings claim the premier has abused his power and failed to execute their late national founder father's last wishes.

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Lee family feud in Singapore

Dueling public statements between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings have brought ruling family discord into a glaring public light.

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A classic free market falls in Singapore

The government's scheduled demolition of the island state's oldest colonial-era flea market has galvanized rare grassroots opposition to a state-led development plan.

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No vacancy: Singapore's 'housing for all' only for some

Over 80% of the country’s resident 5.7 million population live in such estates, with about 90% of them owning their flats. But in a context where property has become an increasingly costly commodity in the densely-populated island nation, many Singaporeans are falling through the affordable housing cracks.

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US gives asylum to Singapore teen dissident

Singaporean teen dissident Amos Yee has been granted asylum in the United States after a ruling that his prosecution and detention in the island state amounted to political persecution.

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Lure of Singapore's riches often sours for migrant workers

Laborers from poor nations seeking high pay often go empty-handed due to unscrupulous employers. Authorities are doing little to address wage theft.