The Wit & Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew

Author: Lee Kuan Yew

Publisher: Editions Didier Millet

ISBN: 981438528X

Category: History

Page: 165

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Lee Kuan Yew played the pivotal role in Singapore’s transition from British Crown Colony to independent developing nation, and on to the economically powerful and diplomatically influential city-state it is today. Throughout this surprising and at times painful journey, he has proved a charismatic and occasionally controversial leader. Lee is a conviction politician whose speeches are unambiguous, characterful and eminently quotable; this collection of almost 600 short quotations provides a compelling summary of his views on a wide range of topics from Singapore’s past, present and future. In Lee's own words: "I have been accused of many things in my lfe, but not even my worst enemy has ever accused me of being afraid to speak my mind."

Lee Kuan Yew’s Educational Legacy

Author: Oon Seng Tan,Ee Ling Low,David Hung

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811035253

Category: Education

Page: 171

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The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015) laid the foundations for the creation of a first-world education system in Singapore. Like many other issues concerning the country, his ideas for education were transported in a red box, which he took with him wherever he went, even up to his last days. Inside it was always something designed to help create a better life for all Singaporeans. The editors of this volume were inspired by the idea of Mr Lee’s red box and by the Founding Father’s selfless drive to continuously improve the country he loved. As such, the book explores in detail Mr Lee’s plans, including chapters on Education: The Man and His Ideas; Foundational Pillars of Singapore’s Education; Education for Nationhood and Nation-Building; and 21st Century Readiness and Adaptability. The chapters also include the authors’ visions, no matter how great or small, for the future of education in Singapore. They explore how Mr Lee’s educational policies resulted in a system that attracts the right and best candidates to become teachers; that forms them into effective teachers, specialists and leaders; that ensures they and the education system are able to deliver the best possible learning for every child; and that establishes a legacy that has allowed the education system to continue to move forward while tackling the challenges of its success. From the little red box came the ideas that led to the country’s meteoric rise. Likewise, the editors hope this book will lead to a brighter future in education.

Cultural Pragmatism for US-China Relations

Author: Charles Chao Rong Phua

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1000738582

Category: Political Science

Page: 140

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The Thucydides trap and a US-China face-off are not structurally inevitable; US-China relations are what the US and China make of them. Phua focuses on the ability to see "US as US" and "China as China" to trigger both countries’ cultural tendencies towards pragmatism. Phua examines China’s arduous journey to fit in the Westphalian system, the deep cultural misunderstandings by the West of Sunzi’s The Art of War, and attempts to offer an inside-out cultural synthesis of classical and modern Chinese thought as a proxy of their operational code, beyond the standard clichés about Confucian and Daoist thought. He builds on Jervis’ perception and misperception as well as Alastair Johnston’s cultural realism. Readers will benefit from a culturally-Chinese, western-educated and politically neutral understanding of "China as China". An essential primer for academics, practitioners and students of international relations, diplomacy and Chinese culture.

The Fix

Author: Jonathan Tepperman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408866560

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Longlisted for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2016 From immigration reform to energy resources, from political paralysis to inequality and extremism, we are beset by a raft of huge and seemingly insurmountable issues. The daily newspapers, the rolling 24-hour television news, portray a world in terminal decline: the rise of IS, the Syrian refugee crisis, Beijing's financial fallibility and Putin's brazen annexing of the Crimea. The ripples are felt by us all in our everyday lives – in unemployment figures or, if we're lucky, our stubbornly flat payslips, in the crumbling roads, Tube strikes and sky-rocketing tuition fees. What goes under-reported are the success stories. Here, taking ten of the most knotty issues we face today, Jonathan Tepperman examines unsung individuals' bold and innovative attempts against all odds and expectations to solve some of the important problems governments have struggled with for decades. Each chapter tells the story of one government that's found a way to avoid the snares that entangle most of the others. The solutions described in the book aren't speculative: they've all already been tried, and they work. Controversial, provocative but always stimulating, Tepperman here offers a powerful, data-driven case for optimism. Written with flair and an infectious exuberance, The Fix is a book to restore hope to the pessimistic, and offer both practical advice and inspiration in a time of relentless bad news.


Author: John Curtis Perry

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190469528

Category: History

Page: 352

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Singapore has gained a reputation for being one of the wealthiest and best-educated countries in the world and one of the brightest success stories for a colony-turned-sovereign state, but the country's path to success was anything but assured. Its strategic location and natural resources both allowed Singapore to profit from global commerce and also made the island an attractive conquest for the world's naval powers, resulting in centuries of stunting colonialization. In Singapore: Unlikely Power, John Curtis Perry provides an evenhanded and authoritative history of the island nation that ranges from its Malay origins to the present day. Singapore development has been aided by its greatest natural blessing-a natural deepwater port, shielded by mountain ranges from oceanic storms and which sits along one of the most strategic straits in the world, cementing the island's place as a major shipping entrepot throughout modern history. Perry traces the succession of colonizers, beginning with China in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and followed by the island's most famous colonizer, Britain, which ruled Singapore until the 1960s excluding the Japanese occupation of World War II. After setting a historical context, Perry turns to the era of independence beginning in the 1960s. Plagued with corruption, inequality, lack of an educated population, Singapore improbably vaulted from essentially third-world status into a first world dynamo over the course of three decades-with much credit due longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister who led the country for over three decades, who embraced the colonial past, established close ties with former foe Japan, and adopted a resolutely pragmatist approach to economic development. His efforts were successful, and Singapore today is a model regime for other developing states. Singapore's stunning transformation from a poor and corrupt colonial backwater into an economic powerhouse renowned for its wealth, order, and rectitude is one of the great-and most surprising-success stories of modern era. Singapore is an accessible, comprehensive, and indeed colorful overview of one of the most influential political-economic models in the world and is an enlightening read for anyone interested in how Singapore achieved the unachievable.

Journeys to the Republic of Singapore

Author: Kalman Dubov

Publisher: Kalman Dubov


Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

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The city-state of Singapore is a relatively recent arrival on the world stage. Singapore has achieved the remarkable transformation of transforming itself from a Third World to a First World entity within the span of just one generation. It was founded by a prescient Englishman, Sir Stamford Raffles, a visionary who saw the potential for an expanding British Empire. From February 1819 until February 1942, English presence continued and expanded, until the Japanese invaded and occupied the territory. The Fall of Singapore heralded the end of the British Empire, a time when other colonies were wakened to assert their independence from the colonial yoke. Initially, Singapore was to join the Malaysian Federation, but political differences resulted in the expulsion of the small state. On the same day of that expulsion, Singapore became independent. Lee Kuan Yew, a remarkable man, then assumed the helm of the new country. His political acumen oversaw the transformation of this city-state into a modern powerhouse, a remarkable achievement. Singapore has become a place of advanced trade, the desired tourist attraction, amidst economic and political stability. This achievement is the more remarkable since Singapore has limited land and no natural resources. Its only resource is a deep harbor, sufficient for entrepot trade. It is this singular feature that has been exploited to the fullest. Entering Singaporean waters reflects on a remarkable scene: dozens of ships, of every flag and purpose, from industry to cruise liner, awaits entry to its ports. I describe the scene and setting, together with the remarkable man whose influences are still present among the three different communities comprising Singapore: Chinese, Malaysian, and English-speakers. Though democratic, the Singaporean government is paternalistic, with the greatest care exerted in how different people can live together in harmony. And this city-state is doubly remarkable for the integrity of its government and people. I was amazed to see a full-sized umbrella leaning in a corner of the subway, with none who entered or left the car removing it from its perch. What other city can boast such a standard? I also describe the Jewish community here, how they live in this city-state while Israel and Israeli advisors remain in the background, though exerting great influence on Singaporean defense and military preparedness. This is a remarkable place and its founders set the standard that continues today.


Author: Kent E. Calder

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815729480

Category: Political Science

Page: 202

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How Singapore’s solutions to common problems can provide examples for other societies. Nearly everyone knows that Singapore has one of the most efficient governments and competitive, advanced economies in the world. But can this unique city–state of some 5.5 million residents also serve as a model for other advanced economies as well as for the emerging world? Respected East Asia expert Kent Calder provides clear answers to this intriguing question in his new, groundbreaking book that looks at how Singapore’s government has harnessed information technology, data, and a focus on innovative, adaptive governance to become a model smart city, smart state. Calder describes Singapore as a laboratory for solutions to problems experienced by urban societies around the world. In particular, he shows how Singapore has dealt successfully with education, energy, environmental, housing, and transportation challenges; many of its solutions can be adapted in a wide range of other societies. Calder also explains how Singapore offers lessons for how countries can adapt their economies to the contemporary demands of global commerce. Singapore consistently ranks at the top in world surveys measuring competitiveness, ease of doing business, protection of intellectual property, and absence of corruption. The book offers concrete insights and a lucid appreciation of how Singapore's answers to near-universal problems can have a much broader relevance, even in very different societies.

The Asian Aspiration

Author: Greg Mills,Olusegun Obasanjo,Emily van der Merwe,Hailemariam Desalegn

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1787385078

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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In 1960, the GDP per capita of Southeast Asian countries was nearly half of that of Africa. By 1986 the gap had closed and today the trend is reversed, with more than half of the world's poorest now living in sub Saharan Africa. Why has Asia developed while Africa lagged? The Asian Aspiration chronicles the stories of explosive growth and changing fortunes: the leaders, events and policy choices that lifted a billion people out of abject poverty within a single generation, the largest such shift in human history. The relevance of Asia's example comes as Africa is facing a population boom, which can either lead to crisis or prosperity, and as Asia is again transforming, this time out of low-cost manufacturing into hi-tech, leaving a void that is Africa's for the taking. Far from the optimistic determinism of "Africa Rising," this book calls for unprecedented pragmatism in the pursuit of African success.

Human Rights and Relative Universalism

Author: Marie-Luisa Frick

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 303010785X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 294

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This book argues that human rights cannot go global without going local. This important lesson from the winding debates on universalism and particularism raises intricate questions: what are human rights after all, given the dissent surrounding their foundations, content, and scope? What are legitimate deviances from classical human rights (law) and where should we draw “red lines”? Making a case for balancing conceptual openness and distinctness, this book addresses the key human rights issues of our time and opens up novel spaces for deliberation. It engages philosophical reasoning with law, politics, and religion and demonstrates that a meaningful relativist account of human rights is not only possible, but a sorely needed antidote to dogmatism and polarization.