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Lion City

Singapore and the Invention of Modern Asia - 180 - 18355726

Taschenbuch von Jeevan Vasagar

94348586

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Artikel-Nr.:
94348586
Im Sortiment seit:
07.08.2021
Erscheinungsdatum:
09.08.2021
Medium:
Taschenbuch
Einband:
Kartoniert / Broschiert
Autor:
Vasagar, Jeevan
Verlag:
Little, Brown Book Group
Sprache:
Englisch
Rubrik:
Geschichte
Sonstiges
Seiten:
328
Herkunft:
GROSSBRITANNIEN (GB)
Gewicht:
443 gr
Beschreibung
Before the Second World War, Singapore was richer than any Asian metropolis except for Tokyo, and by far the most ethnically diverse. But in 1965, it had independence forced upon it in a sudden rupture with newly formed Malaysia and found itself facing catastrophe. It took the bloody-minded determination and vision of Lee Kuan Yew, its founding premier, to take a small island of diverse ethnic groups with a broken economy and meld it into Asia's first globalised city.

Lion City tells this extraordinary story, in doing so examining the different faces of Singaporean life - from food to culture to art and politics - and describing how the different ethnic groups of Singapore were forged by Lee into a distinctive Singaporean identity.

It also reveals the way that its combination of economic freedom, clean government and political authoritarianism has been studied as a model around world, but particularly in Asia, and how it compares it in particular to Hong Kong, at a time when fate of the latter hangs in the balance.

The book also looks at Singapore's - and east Asia's - future. Today, as Hong Kong struggles to resist assimilation into China, Singapore's value as a neutral base for business is rising again. Its strategic location between China and India is also more significant than ever at a time when these two economies are growing rapidly in importance. Although Singapore remains one of the most Westernized societies in Asia, with strong political, military and economic links to the US in particular, this is beginning to shift as China's influence in the region grows. Finally, as birth rates plummet to far below replacement levels, the book examines the demographic challenge faced by the city.
Information zum Autor
Jeevan Vasagar is a writer and award-winning journalist. From 2015 to 2017, he was Singapore and Malaysia correspondent for the Financial Times , travelling the region to report on demands for political reform, technological innovation and the growing influence of China.

Before that he was the FT 's Berlin correspondent, and he spent twelve years at the Guardian , in a range of roles including East Africa correspondent in Nairobi, and education editor in London. His writing has also appeared in The Economist, the LA Times and the New Statesman .

He can be found on Twitter: @jeevanvasagar