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Nanyang Family

Gary L. Atkins

in Imagining Gay Paradise

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083237
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209305 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083237.003.0013
Nanyang Family

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Newly founded at the time Walter Spies fled toward the Dutch East Indies, the Nanyang Primary School in Singapore set as its goal the education of young Chinese by Chinese immigrants themselves. The school transformed as the island reinvented itself: from a raucous free-trade port, to a cheap manufacturing zone of blue-collar workers, to a computer-based “intelligent paradise.” As a prestigious primary school that served as a conduit toward the best education Singapore could offer, Nanyang eventually graduated two alumni from different generations: Lee Hsien Loong, the son of Singapore's prime minister, in the 1960s; and Stuart Koe, the son of a successful businessman, in the 1980s.

Keywords: Nanyang Primary School; Stuart Koe; Chinese; Singapore

Chapter.  6280 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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