The Latin phrase jus soli is an unconditional right to citizenship for a person born within a country. Singapore’s nationality law is based on jus sanguinis, where citizenship is determined by one’s parentage.

Yong Shu Hoong contemplates how individuals are bound to the land where they first set foot, with poems addressing belongingness and birthright by exploring the four fundamental elements.

Beyond our earthly lives, is it soil – or another element or dimension – that asserts its right to claim us?