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Welcome to this week's issue of the Birthday Workbook!

It's the end-of-year examination season, so we are trying something different! Instead of an essay from the Birthday Books, we are bringing you fresh content from the recently-concluded Birthday Collective-ITE Video Competition.  

This week, we watch the short film, Kuih Tart, which won first prize. In the video, the main character, Nash, gets stressed when he has to find a way to learn about Malay culture in order to impress his girlfriend's mother in this cross-cultural young romance. 

Watch the video carefully, and then answer the questions that follow.
  1. Why do you think Diyana's mother was initially hostile to Nash? 
  2. "My mom doesn't hate you, she just needs time." Have you ever had a similar experience when it took time to win over someone? What was the experience like? 
  3. Why do you think making kuih was an effective way for Nash to win over Diyana's mother? 
  4. Toward the end of the video, Nash says that "We Singaporeans have similarities." Can you think of some of these similarities? 
  5. What emotions did you experience throughout the video? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not? 
  6. Do you have close friends from a different ethnic background? What steps have you taken to understand each other's cultures better? 
You can view the rest of the short films from the competition on our Facebook page! In addition to these videos, the Birthday Collective has also launched Collectively Speaking, a  podcast where people passionate about Singapore, from all walks of life, gather to chat about our past, present & future across multiple themes pertinent to a thriving & harmonious society.

Listen to our first two episodes here

That's all for this week! Stay safe, take care, and feel free to us with your thoughts or feedback! 
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