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Lee Kuan Yew, My Lifelong Challenge

Singapore's Bilingual Journey

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This edition published in by Straits Times Press in Singapore.

Written in English

360 pages

In My Lifelong Challenge, we learn of the many policy adjustments and the challenges Lee Kuan Yew encountered - from Chinese language chauvinists who wanted Chinese to be the preeminent language in Singapore, from Malay and Tamil community groups fearing that Chinese was being given too much emphasis, from parents of all races wanting an easier time for their school-going children, from his own Cabinet colleagues questioning his assumptions about language. We learn of the pain of teachers forced to switch from teaching in Chinese to teaching in English almost overnight, and of students who were caught in the transition from a Chinese medium of instruction to an English one. My Lifelong Challenge is also the story of Lee's own struggle to learn the Chinese language. This book describes vividly his steely determination to improve his Chinese and reclaim his Chinese heritage, right up to the present when he is well into his 80s. Lee distils his experiences of 50 years into eight precepts that he spells out at the end of his narrative.

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In My Lifelong Challenge, we learn of the many policy adjustments and the challenges Lee Kuan Yew encountered - from Chinese language chauvinists who wanted Chinese to be the preeminent language in Singapore, from Malay and Tamil community groups fearing that Chinese was being given too much emphasis, from parents of all races wanting an easier time for their school-going children, from his own Cabinet colleagues questioning his assumptions about language. We learn of the pain of teachers forced to switch from teaching in Chinese to teaching in English almost overnight, and of students who were caught in the transition from a Chinese medium of instruction to an English one. My Lifelong Challenge is also the story of Lee's own struggle to learn the Chinese language. This book describes vividly his steely determination to improve his Chinese and reclaim his Chinese heritage, right up to the present when he is well into his 80s. Lee distils his experiences of 50 years into eight precepts that he spells out at the end of his narrative.

Edition Notes

Includes index.

Parallel Chinese title on DVD disc: Li Guangyao, wo yi sheng de tiao zhan : Xinjiapo shuang yu zhi lu.

Other Titles
My lifelong challenge : Singapore's bilingual journey

The Physical Object

Pagination
360 p., [28] p. of plates :
Number of pages
360

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25166413M
ISBN 13
9789814342032
LC Control Number
2012330019

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January 11, 2012 Created by LC Bot Imported from Library of Congress MARC record.