Similarities and Differences: Essay on Singapore and the U.S. Wins Carnegie Council's Trans-Pacific Student Contest

The winning entry from Salina Lee (USA) and Nelson Chew (Singapore) is written as a seemingly light-hearted conversation between two good friends on a sightseeing trip in New York Harbor. Yet the essay goes deeper, looking at serious topics that concern both nations: civil liberties, education methods, and race.

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“Who would have guessed that an exchange between a Singaporean and an American would offer insights on the subtle connections that make two vastly different countries so very comparable.”

(PRWEB) May 28, 2014

In the second annual Trans-Pacific Student Contest, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs challenged American and East Asian students to partner together and submit a joint essay or video to answer this question:

What are current or historical developments in your home country that illustrate shared or different values between you and your contest partner's country?

The winning entry came from Salina Lee (USA) and Nelson Chew (Singapore). Entitled “The Little Red Dot and the Land of the Free: Singapore and the United States,” it is written as a seemingly light-hearted conversation between two good friends on a sightseeing trip in New York Harbor. Yet the essay goes deeper, looking at serious topics that concern both nations: civil liberties, education methods, and race.

This contest is part of Ethics for a Connected World, a three-year global education project to mark the Council's 2014 Centennial. The winners will receive a trip to New York City.

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914 in New York City, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world. For more information, go to http://www.carnegiecouncil.org


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