I’m Yingchen. I’m Male, Chinese, Singaporean, and 20 as of 2013.
I plan to study Sociology in the US once I get out of National Service at the end of this year, which means my course will start next year. I haven’t actually applied though (yeah..better get around to doing it soon).
I converted to a vegetarian in October 2012. Since then, I’ve been learning new things at an incredibly fast pace, and thinking about all sorts of things that I’ve never thought about before. I still consume milk, eggs and honey, but I’ve been cutting down on it a lot, so I’d like to think of myself as mostly vegan, but I won’t pretend to be someone I am not. I’m still a lacto-octo vegetarian. On the bright side, I’m giving myself a deadline of the end of this year to become fully vegan, and I plan to stick to it very strictly.
Before I got into animal rights, I was really big about both human rights and women’s rights. I used to try to explore women’s rights issues through fanfiction, too. I find that animal rights complements my understanding of morality and rights in really meaningful ways. Animals are more silenced than any other human group. When you learn about discrimination and the concept of Otherness, you realise that animals are the ones least able to resist it. When they can’t articulate their suffering in ways we can, it becomes way too easy to marginalise them. We can’t truly say that we’re looking out for the weak until we look at the most vulnerable group of them all.