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The Binding TieChinese Intergenerational Relations in Modern Singapore$
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Kristina Göransson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832599

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832599.001.0001

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From Temasek to the Republic of Singapore

From Temasek to the Republic of Singapore

A Historical Overview

(p.19) 1 From Temasek to the Republic of Singapore
The Binding Tie

Kristina Göransson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides historical background for Singapore, from the precolonial period to the modern Republic of Singapore. It also provides a history of Singapore's Chinese community and features of Chinese family organization. Singapore was under British colonial rule between 1819 and 1963. Singapore was granted internal self-governance in the 1959 elections, when Lee Kuan Yew and his People's Action Party won a clear victory. By 1961, Singapore had begun developing a vigorous plan for industrial development in collaboration with both UN and World Bank experts. In addition to industrial development, the modernization project included massive improvements in law and order, healthcare, education, and housing. Through this ambitious industrialization program, manufacturing, commerce, and transport grew to become the motors of economic growth in the 1960s and 1970s.

Keywords:   Singapore history, Chinese family, Chinese Singaporeans, British colonial rule, industrial development

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