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CultureShock! Singapore by Kelly Jackson-Nash

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CHAPTER 3

THE PEOPLE OF SINGAPORE

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‘You know the Singaporean. He is a hard-working, industrious, rugged individual. Or we would not have made the grade. But let us also recognise that he is a champion grumbler.’

— Lee Kuan Yew

 

 

Singapore is just about as multi-cultural as a country can be. Singapore is a true country of immigrants: apart from the Malay portion of the population, who were the original inhabitants, every single person’s family tree began in another country. Not only is it a multi-cultural country but it is also multi-faith and multi-lingual, and Singaporeans take enormous pride in their social tolerance. With four official ...

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