I’m married to a Finn. When my wife became a PR, she had to fill in a form that asked her what race she was. To her surprise, “Finn” was a race, apparently only recognised by the Singapore government. She gamely signed off on it, although “Finns” are not a race, and include the Nordic, Sami, Urgic, Aryan, and more. Her ethnicity, though, is indeed Finnish, whatever that counts for.
I’m mostly Chinese (part Straits Chinese), and often mistaken for a Malay when tanned, and Japanese when fair. Singaporean born and bred.
Our kids are NOT Eurasian, whatever some ST Forum hack might callously presume. They are something else, part Singaporean, part Finn, Chinese in some ways, Nordic in others, Peranakan sometimes, but mostly just whatever our family is coming to terms with about their identity as they grow up. Yes, the G and the world will brand them one way or another, for one purpose or another, but their identities are their own, whatever a few letters on a pink plastic card might say someday.
Even Wikipedia’s entry on what “Race” is shows our local system up for the gobbledegook that it is. Yes, I understand that in order to do such things as prevent HDB enclaves along ethnic/racial lines, one will need to bag and tag each individual, and assign an ill-fitting pigeonhole so that you can tell some people that “their” people have maxxed out the quota. Or so that the “self help” groups can help to cover people, but not all. It’s one less fault line to worry about, although religious, economic and educational ones still threaten our society.
ST isn’t helping us much, with their poor definitions of xenophobia, nationalism, race, ethnicity and nationality. If they want to really tackle the question, I suggest that they get their terms ironed out before trying to pose as experts on race, ethnicity and our national identity.