Singapore: Gateway to Asia
Singapore : a biography
Mark Ravinder Frost, Yu-Mei Balasingamchow.
Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; Singapore : National Museum of Singapore, 2009.
Singapore: a Biography takes you there - to those critical moments in the island's past, as captured through the personal accounts of people who actually lived through them. Encounter violent unrest on the city's streets, the jostling down its corridors o
The thorn of Lion City : a memoir
Lucy Lum.
New York : PublicAffairs, 2007.
Malaysia & Singapore
Su-Lyn Tan, Mark Tay.
Footscray, Vic. : London : Lonely Planet, 2003.
-- highlights Singapore's various cuisine styles: without a doubt Asia's culinary capital-- details the myriad celebrations, including religious festivals and cultural holidays-- special section on Nyonya food: a delicious blend of Chinese ingredients with Malaysian spices-- tantalising photography and recipes
From Third World to first : the Singapore story, 1965-2000
Kuan Yew Lee.
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2000.
Lee Kuan Yew is one of the most influential leaders in Asia. In this illuminating account, Lee writes frankly about his disapproving approach to political opponents and his often unorthodox views on human rights, democracy, and inherited intelligence, aiming always ôto be correct, not politically correct.öSince it's independence in 1965, tiny Singapore - once a poor and decrepit colony - has risen to become a rich and thriving Asian metropolis.From Third World to First is a fascinating and insightful account of Singapore's survival from a history of oppressive colonialism, the Second World War and major poverty and disorder.Lee also uses previously unpublished official government reports and papers to explain how he led a tiny country into becoming a prosperous and secure modern society, amid the constant hostility of world politics.Today Singapore boasts not only to have the busiest port of trade, best airport with the world's number one airline, but also the world's fourth-highest per capita real income? An Island hailed as the city of the future, Singapore's miraculous history is dramatically recounted by the man who not only lived through it all but fearlessly forged ahead and brought about most of the changes.Lee highlights is relationships with his political peers from Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan to George Bush and poetry-spouting Jiang Zemin. Also a father of three Lee writes warmly of his family life.From Third World to First offers readers a compelling glimpse not only into the heart but also the mind of an incredibly influential man who is impossible to ignore in Asian and international politics.

The Republic of Singapore is a nation of firsts, located just one degree north of the equator at the southern tip of Malaysia in Southeast Asia. What began as an outpost along a well-traveled trading route, gained prominence in 1819 when Sir Thomas Raffles envisioned potential and began to strategize to secure the island as a British colony.

Singapore Fast Facts

Population: 4.5 million

Temperature: 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit

Daylight: 12 hours, year-round

Official Languages: Mandarin, English, Malay, Tamil (Indian).

Religions: Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Taoist, Hindu.

National Day: August 9th (1965)

In 1942, under British rule and leadership by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Singapore fell victim to the expansion efforts of the Japanese. They invaded not from the south where defending battleships and troops were posted, but from the north, merely crossing the Malay Peninsula. The resulting surrender, the largest in British history, provided the catapult for Singaporeans to take the island nation as their own after the Japanese suffered defeat. Lee Kwan Yew's People's Action Party established independence in 1965, and dramatically altered the developing third-world economy into a first-world city-state.

Today, Singapore anchors its place in the world, leading in banking, shipping ports, cargo container ports, oil refineries and electronics. Singapore ranks highest internationally in math and science education and this strength has grown into Biopolis an emerging biomedical and genetic research and development community, drawing top researchers from every field for pharmaceuticals, stem-cell research and biotechnologies.

Typical greetings begin with "have you eaten?" promising local hawker fare that is varied and satisfying.  The durian-shaped Esplanade home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, welcomes world-class performance arts programs. An efficient public transportation system includes the postage stamp-honored taxi fleet and first-ranked Changi Airport. 

Singapore is a gateway to Asia where past and present, business and pleasure, east and west, converge.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff