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Alien C A T H E R I N E L I M I am an engineer from Madras, India, with Permanent Resident status in Singapore. I came to work in Singapore some years ago, enticed by what I had heard of the city-state's cleanliness, orderliness, and ambitious commitment to the goal of front position among the world's most technologically advanced, successful, prosperous, and gracious societies in the twenty-first century. Singapore is also one of the most superstitious societies in the world. I have never met people who so enthusiastically (though discreetly) consult fortunetellers and believe in ghosts and evil spirits. It is thanks to this belief that I, an alien, can afford to own an apartment in this unique country, part of whose uniqueness must be based on the astronomical price of property. One can spend one's entire life paying off the loan for a tiny, three-room apartment. When I tell my friends back home in India how much I have paid for my little flat on the fourteenth floor of a block that is one of six packed together in one of numerous such housing estates in Singapore, their jaws drop and they gasp, "But you can http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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C A T H E R I N E L I M I am an engineer from Madras, India, with Permanent Resident status in Singapore. I came to work in Singapore some years ago, enticed by what I had heard of the city-state's cleanliness, orderliness, and ambitious commitment to the goal of front position among the world's most technologically advanced, successful, prosperous, and gracious societies in the twenty-first century. Singapore is also one of the most superstitious societies in the world. I have never met people who so enthusiastically (though discreetly) consult fortunetellers and believe in ghosts and evil spirits. It is thanks to this belief that I, an alien, can afford to own an apartment in this unique country, part of whose uniqueness must be based on the astronomical price of property. One can spend one's entire life paying off the loan for a tiny, three-room apartment. When I tell my friends back home in India how much I have paid for my little flat on the fourteenth floor of a block that is one of six packed together in one of numerous such housing estates in Singapore, their jaws drop and they gasp, "But you can

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Published: Jul 7, 2005

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