Singaporean men's struggle in search for their identity are not so bad that they go through so many relationship issues-with uncles, girlfriends, etc-and face so many challenges-friends going to the hospital, friends go though major changes, etc., personally, i say, most of the issues in the story may be exaggerated
Singaporean men may or may not experience the same difficulties and challenges Wing faces in his relationships
Men of differing race, culture and family backgrounds like Joshua, Sham and Eugene, do not go through what Wing goes through
For example, Wing often keeps to himself and is not very sociable, thus affecting his relationships with others; but other Singaporean men may not be like so.
The perspective of the Junior College student differs from that of the Polytechnic student in the way they view the things in life., For example, when Wing does not do as well as he had expected in the A levels, his non-JC friends think that it's quite good, considering that he can still go to a Polytechnic. But they do not really know how a JC student might feel - upset, angry with oneself etc.
definition, realistic: given to the representation of things as they really are., portrayal: depicting or representing
definition, identity: who / what someone really is; the characteristics, feelings or beliefs that distinguish people from others., To search for one's identity is to find out who one really is, without conforming to the world's beliefs; to 'be yourself'.
definition, To belong and be rooted to Singapore, knowing the country well, to uphold its beliefs, culture and traditions.
The story also shows how tough NS can be
It also show how the higher ranked officers boss around the lower ranks.
It also shows the officers using vulgarities in NS, which is true. Vulgarities are used to intimidate people in NS
The story does show that maintaining a relationship is hard, therefore, its rather realistic
People do normally care less about Boy-Girl relationships when they are 'in love' with their heartland
Higher end classes do not normally go out with the lower end
And 90% of the Singaporean population live in the heartland too, therefore Wing is a realistic portrayal of their lives