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Dr Lee Wei Ling, scion of Singapore’s first family, writes about her life as a daughter, doctor and diehard Singaporean. This book addresses a range of matters affecting Singaporeans in a personal way. It reflects her ersonality, profession, relationships, passions and perspective of life, Singapore and the world, and her loved ones. The chapters are grouped thematically and are capped by an epilogue of six articles which encapsulate the two events that had a major impact on the writer, and resonated deeply with Singaporeans: the passing of her parents.

PART ONE: SELF >>> PERSONAL – Panda’s daughter • Call me reckless, or Don Quixote • I can’t stand elitism • No bed of roses for me, thank you • An atheist who lives by Buddha’s rules • Friendship and solitude • Beauty and character • My sweet, sweat-soaked obsession • Why I choose the single life >>> FAMILY – The frugal life at Oxley Road • Cosy and happy birthdays • Family holidays • My parents’ love story • Coping with a loved one’s pain • When love got the better of logic • Portrait of a Peranakan grandmother • Letters about Loong >>> SCHOOL & WORK – My parents never pressured me to do well • Tiger mothering in Singapore • The best tutor I ever had • What makes good doctoring • How the system creates bad doctoring • What Jo from New Hampshire taught me • Doctors shouldn’t take the easier, expensive way >>> TRAVELS WITH MY FATHER –
Travelling with my father • Once upon a Singaporean time in China • Devan pens a poem by the waters of the Yangtze • Never forgetting an old friend • Papa’s spontaneous Japanese recollection • Lessons of resilience from the old world • American homage

PART TWO: NATION >>> LEADERSHIP – A few good men • What money cannot buy • The heroes in between • Good lesson in bad times for Generation Y • Why the RI stereotype persists • Service before self - my friend Balaji • Exceptionalism is not an option >>> NATIONAL IDENTITY – What keeps me rooted here • National Day parades • Puzzled by a Singaporean’s longing for Beijing and London • Neither China-Chinese nor esternised • Chinese Singaporean, with the stress on the noun >>> RACE AND CULTURE – Generation Y and the new narcissism • Behind this fetish for discombobulating names • Pitfalls of acute political correctness • Acid test of colour blindness >>> CAUSES – Take the harder, compassionate road • A baffling sentence • Dying with dignity • Who cares for the caregivers? • Medical care isn’t a commodity • We need better rules to check greedy doctors • Beauty and the ugly face of medicine • Why I’m anti-Olympics • Gender discrimination and the Singapore Girl >>> EDUCATION – We must have quality, non-elitist preschooling • PSLE should be modified • A bilingual policy that doesn’t work • Resolve the obsession with private tuition • Getting it right with character building >>> FOREIGN MATTERS – Singapore needs foreign talent • Attracting talent the wrong way • The Kadazan housekeeper from Sabah • New Zealanders are kinder than us • Australians are more open-minded now • The day Michael Fay saved me from prison • Americans are less free than Singaporeans •
Freedom’s other cheek

EPILOGUE >>> Songs of my mother… • …and my father • Touched by Singaporean hearts • Moved by the grief of a nation, and friends everywhere • Honour the spirit of what my father stood for • Timeout at aughannock Falls • Thanks on a special Singapore Day • A National Day Parade without Papa
Weight 0.50 grams
Author Lee Wei Ling
ISBN 978 981 4642 47 7
Size 227 x 152 mm
Extent 328 pp, with 36 pp photos
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White Illustrated
Language English
Our price: US$24.60

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