Death of the physical kampong
Urbanization and digitization have been changing the ways Singaporeans connect with one another. Void decks and common corridors of public housing, originally designed to mimic the kampong meeting ground, are increasingly less vibrant as communal spaces. Busy Singaporeans retreat into their homes and the online world, instead of interacting with their neighbours.
The ‘kampong spirit’ lives
Younger Singaporeans having never lived in a kampong do not resonate with the elusive ‘kampong spirit’, which their parents will reminisce. However, whilst the physical kampong is no more, the ‘kampong spirit’ is not lost on them. The tribes they form, albeit through technology, continue to carry three defining characteristics of the ‘kampong spirit’. The melting pot Singapore remains a collectivist society, and Singaporeans still crave connections and a sense of belonging to a tribe who will help them in tough times.