I am Jin Yao, Kwan – also known as “Kwan” or “guanyinmiao” – born and raised in Singapore.
I am an aspiring social service researcher, with an interest in the non-profit and philanthropy sector in Singapore (and in Asia). I am a PhD candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs – under the National University of Singapore (NUS)-Overseas Graduate Scholarship – and graduated with a Master in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. Previously, I also worked at the Asia Philanthropy Circle.
I am also a volunteer and a community leader in Singapore, and I help non-profit organisations and charities – working with at-risk youths and on eldercare, in particular – on research projects and with data analysis. I volunteered for extended stints with the Association of Women for Action and Research (2011 to 2015) and Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association Singapore (2007 to 2013), and in addition to other ad hoc projects I am now with social empowerment initiative “I Am Talented” and the United Nations Association of Singapore.
And I blog, on socio-political issues in Singapore, especially in relation to the education system, National Service (or military conscription), and community service. I have been blogging on my own website since 2009, and am also writing for online news site “The Middle Ground”. I wrote for the now-defunct “Breakfast Network” in 2013 and for “SALT”, an online publication by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, in 2014.
“Remembering Lee Kuan Yew: A Nation’s ‘Where Were You When …’ Moment” March 23, 2016
Together with five other panellists … I was invited to a TODAY roundtable discussion on the impact and legacy of the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. With another 24-year-old gentleman we were the youngest in the group, and I premised my sharing upon arguments that any assessment of his “impact” or “legacy” has to be more balanced and nuanced (Print).
Taking Heart: NVPC’s Online Publication SALT Relaunched January 2014
SALT, an online publication of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), was relaunched last week … It will also feature thought leaders such as Kuik Shiao-yin, Grace Sai and Kwan Jin Yao (Print).
Teachers ‘Should Help Students Take Responsibility Online’ August 16, 2013
The blog of Mr Kwan sought to provide “balance” and a range of perspectives … “We want students to be engaged, participatory, empowered citizens,” said Prof Ho in an interview with The Straits Times (Print).
OSC Reflections August 12, 2013 (Print)
JC Student Apologises to DPM Teo for Blog Post June 8, 2012
The student’s original post had some netizens expressing support for his views, but even more condemned his choice of words. Blogger Kwan Jin Yao, 21, who is waiting to enter university, said that while Reuben’s criticisms were valid, they may have been ‘obscured by the liberal use of expletives’ (Print).
Kopi with the Minister October 3, 2011
National Issues Raised in ‘Kopi with the Minister’ Talks
Full-time national serviceman Kwan Jin Yao said: “I think policy forums like this are a good starting point in terms of generating feedback and interest in issues that most youths are concerned about in Singapore. But I think moving forward, there needs to be more specific discourse on issues because a theme like active citizenry is quite broad. There needs to be specific sessions where individuals can talk about issues on a more in-depth and focused perspective as well” (Print).
Raising Hot Policy Issues at “Kopi Talk” for Students
“Such dialogues are good starting points to engage youths. But there needs to be a follow-up on those ideas to bring them beyond the rhetorical dimension”, said Mr Kwan Jin Yao, 20, a participant at the dialogue session (Print).
受访公众：下届大选将更有＂看头＂ May 29, 2009
Launch of Youth Vibes (REACH) January 8, 2009
– Engaging Youth in Nation-Building
Kwan Jin Yao, 17, an editorial member of the website, is part of a group of young people who will keep the website updated and relevant. “We hope young people can come in here to make constructive criticism. Unlike other forums where a lot of discussions are lost, there will be follow-ups here”, said the Hwa Chong Institution student (Print).
– REACH’s New Active Citizenry Initiatives
One of the junior ambassadors is 17 year old, Kwan Jin Yao, who together with his team, decides on monthly topics to be discussed on the webpage. “This new Youth Vibes portal, in a sense, would gather feedback from individuals and this feedback would be turned into action rather than just words itself, so I think that’s a main selling point that these different ideas can be turned into reality”. Feedback received through these sites will be followed up on and sent to the relevant agencies, says Jin Yao (Print, Print).
华侨中学（高中部）学生关进耀（１７岁）是编辑组成员。他说：＂一些人想法消极，认为即使提供了意见也不会有任何改变。如果他们在 Youth Vibes 留言，民情联系组将把建议整理出来，转交给有关部门参考＂(Print)。
Dialogue on the 2008 Budget February 21, 2008
– 70 Students Quiz Minister on the Budget
Seventeen-year-old Kwan Jin Yao, from Hwa Chong Institution, wanted to know why the disabled did not get a bigger hongbao in the Budget (Print).
– Launch of JRA Programme
“I will try through my network of friends first; through the school, through different organisation, different individuals I worked with. Gradually if there is a possibility, since this is a 2 years programme, we could reach out beyond the school. Through the bottom-up approach, from the school to society and to the Grassroots, gradually we aim to voice our opinions, which hopefully will be heard by the government as well as the relevant ministries” (Print).