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Singapore Chronicles: EDUCATION
EDUCATION

Singapore has been hailed as a great success in educating its citizens. Now, an educated citizenry seeks to influence, if not change, the nature of the state, the state’s compact with its citizens, and the role that education must play in the future. Against that background, this book examines the impact of education in Singapore’s transformation by studying the social, political and economic contexts within which policy and practice are embedded. It examines the key imperatives and principles that drove policy formulation, the success and failures of policy implementation, and how the state, at various times, fashioned education to meet its imperatives.

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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES: ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENT

This book documents Singapore’s journey towards greater environmental sustainability, biodiversity, and public cleanliness. Its draws on the experiences of two government institutions: the National Parks Board and the National Environment Agency. It assesses Singapore’s record in achieving for its residents a higher quality of life, greater environmental sustainability, and an aesthetically pleasant place in which to live and to work.

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Singapore Chronicles: Eurasians
EURASIANS

Eurasians are people who have both European and Asian ancestry. They face and overcome issues of identity in Singapore that appear not to apply to certain other ethnic minorities here. To understand this phenomenon, this book explores the social history of Singapore Eurasians, focusing particularly on the 50 years since independence. The author, himself a Eurasian, also explains how one cardinal principle of post-colonial Singapore – the ideology and policy of multiracialism – has affected the evolution of the Eurasian identity.

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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES: FINANCE
FINANCE

Singapore is one of the premier financial centres in the world. It is one of the biggest markets for the trading of foreign exchange and financial derivatives, and home to hundreds of global financial institutions, from banks and insurers to oil traders and hedge fund managers. This book traces the development of Singapore’s financial sector from its early supporting role in a thriving British colonial trading outpost to its rapid expansion after the nation’s Independence in 1965. It is the story of how policymakers here managed to maintain a reputation for regulation and supervision of a high standard, and yet take risks to innovate boldly and seize global opportunities when they arose.

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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES: FLORA AND FAUNA
FLORA AND FAUNA

The term “flora and fauna” refers to the plants and animals found in a particular region. Singapore’s primeval vegetation has changed vastly over the past 200 years due to a range of human activities. Yet, Singapore is rich in plant and animal life – as found in the various terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. This book introduces some of the interesting and notable native plants and animals, in addition to highlighting the physical characteristics of each ecosystem and revealing the challenges that plants and animals need to overcome in order to survive. Readers will also get to know what Singapore has done to conserve its unique and precious natural heritage.

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Singapore Chronicles: Heritage
HERITAGE

Heritage means different things to different people. This book provides a guide to Singapore heritage and its preservation and promotion since 1959, when Singapore first attained full self-government and thereafter for the first 50 years of Independence. It conveys the thoughts of policy-makers, conservationists, architects, city planners, museum curators, historians, academics and community advocates – a diversity that attests to the wide range of ways in which heritage has an impact on the lives of Singaporeans. As heritage has no end point, the book concludes with a reflection on the future of heritage – whence it came, where it goes.


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Singapore Chronicles: INDIANS
INDIANS

Though a small minority within the Singapore society, the Indian community displays deep diversity within its own fabric. This book seeks to unpack complex questions of identity in Singapore’s Indian community. Discussing the story of Singapore Indians within the larger narrative of Indian displacement and placement globally, it goes on to contextualise the Indian presence in Malaya and Singapore historically. The author maps the socio-economic, religious and linguistic complexities of the community, which is further complicated by ongoing new arrivals from India. The dynamics of the Indian community is as rich as it is complex.

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Singapore Chronicles: Japanese Occupation
JAPANESE OCCUPATION

This is a short account of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, which lasted for from February 1942 to August 1945. Those tumultuous days are largely forgotten nowadays, especially by the younger generation, but they were a time of living dangerously. As this account brings out, life and death were often not more than a hair’s breadth apart, and Singaporeans had to fight for their very survival and existence. If any good came from those years, it was that Japan’s defeat of British colonial rule led to the realisation that Singaporeans could stand on their own feet, which led to the eventual establishment of the Republic of Singapore.

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Singapore Chronicles: LAW
LAW

This book tells the story of the Singapore legal system. Beginning with the British years, it moves on to the post-independence period, when a new Singapore had to grapple with the judicious mix of legacy laws and new laws that the new environment demanded. That was followed by the years of expansion as the complexity of the local environment deepened. The legal system had to be further refined as Singapore embraced technological advances and globalisation. This is a story of a fast changing and yet remarkably stable legal system that has been the cornerstone of Singapore’s commitment to the rule of law.

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Singapore Chronicles: MALAYS
MALAYS

The vicissitudes of history, from Raffles’ purchase of the Singapore island from a Malay sultan to the short-lived merger with Malaya, have left a lasting mark on the Malays of Singapore. This book offers a glimpse of the community as it adapted to its minority status and responded to the myriad challenges of historical, social and political changes. Unlike among the Chinese and the Indians, there is remarkable cohesiveness within the community as most speak Malay and practise Islam. Yet, like the other communities, it struggles to retain its culture, tradition and values against the onslaught of urbanisation and Westernisation. With a focus on Malay leadership, education, religion, Syariah laws, language and literary tradition, this book evaluates how these aspects
have evolved over the decades. Problems pertaining to the community’s socio-economic progress and future challenges are also discussed. This primer is an introduction to one of Singapore’s small yet resilient and remarkable communities.

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