“My friend describes Singapore as a reverse San Francisco,” Chor teased at lunch. He’s a strategist in the Policy Strategies Office of the Public Service Commission. His job is to look ahead and create stores of the future that can guide policy so he is thinking big picture. “San Francisco is mostly Caucasian and a large Asian minority; Singapore is most Asian with a large Caucasian minority. San Francisco is liberal; Singapore is conservative. San Francisco is hilly; Singapore is flat.”
It was an admittedly simplistic, for-fun comparison, but it got me to thinking about how we know things, by seeing through our own experiences into new ones. Being here in Singapore for two weeks I’m have an interesting time trying to see through mine to what is really here. That’s what I want to explore in this post.