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Not Born In Singapore: Fifty Personalities who Shaped the Nation


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    Did you know that we owe the iconic Singapore Girl to a British-born adman? Or that the founder of the popular Mustafa Centre hails from India? This year as we celebrate our local heroes, it’s also time to put the spotlight on other unsung contributors who have shaped our nation. They may have come from other shores, but these 50 foreigners have left their mark in building Singapore into the nation we know it to be today. 

    The 50 remarkable individuals are:

    ARTS
    Ian Batey, K. P. Bhaskar, Santha Bhaskar, Della Butcher, Choo Hoey, John Herbert, Kuo Pao Kun, Goh Lay Kuan, J. M. Sali, Tan Swie Hian

    ECONOMY
    Mustaq Ahmad, Sir Laurence Hartnett, Dr Tsutomu Kanai, Pasquale Pistorio, Captain Muhammad Jalaluddin Sayeed, Tang I-Fang Ratan Tata, Kartar Singh Thakral, Tan Sri Frank Tsao Wen- King, Alain Vandenborre, Cyril Neville Watson, Albert Winsemius

    EDUCATION
    Dr Robert A. Brown, Brother Joseph McNally, Milenko Prvacki, Mary Turnbull, Professor Wang Gungwu, Professor Wu Teh Yao, Dr John Miksic, Ann Wee

    SOCIETY
    Professor T. H. Elliott, Christine Laimer, Lien Ying Chow, BG Yaakov ‘Jack’ Elazari, G. G. Thomson, Krystyn Olszewski, Bruno Wildermuth

    SCIENCE AND MEDICINE
    Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Dr Sydney Brenner, Professor Edward W. Holmes, Dr Edison Liu, Sir George Radda, Dr Shan Ratnam, Sir David Lane, Professor Jackie Y. Ying

    SPORTS
    Aleksandar Duric, Feng Tianwei, Jing Junhong, Ronald Susilo, Tao Li

  • “[We admire] the Pioneer Generation as the forefathers and founding leaders who made Singapore what it is today (read: from scratch).
    But this will be discounting many foreign-born thinkers and leaders who provided big ideas for Singapore and made even bigger impact with what they left behind. 
    50 foreign-born personalities — industrialists, artists, historians and entrepreneurs — have been celebrated in think thank Institute of Policy Studies' (IPS) latest book, Not Born in Singapore.
    —Yi Shu Ng, Martino Tan, Mothership.sg 

  • Ying Hui has a Master’s Degree from Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She had the most wonderful two years of her life during graduate school exploring the mountains in Colorado.

    During those two years of graduate school, she also read two texts that became her favourites—The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus and The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt.

ISBN: 9789814655415 (Paperback)
Cover Type: Hardcover, Paperback
Page Count: 256
Year Published: 2015
Size: 150mm x 225mm