January 15th, 2008

canadese

Plain pleasures

I'm not Singaporean; I have no strong feelings one way or the other about Uncle Lee and the effect of his policies (any more, I'm sure, than my LRD friends have an opinion about Pierre Elliot Trudeau.) But it occurs to me that I owe the man for one very distinct pleasure. For the first time in my fifteen years of fandom I'm able to fangirl a series with a group of friends, rather than one or at best two, who are intelligent and insightful (ie not unthinking pretty bishie fen) and who understand the source better than I do.
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My present fannish contentment is thus brought about by the fact that Singapore conducts its education system in English. Thank you, Uncle Lee.

(Yes, it owes some to me finally getting into a Chinese-based fandom. I can only mourn that in my day no one thought Chinese a proper subject to teach grade schoolers, however differently they may think now.)