My reading of the book, "The Triple Package" enlightened me about 3 factors that are inherent in all the successful groups in America i.e. a feeling of superiority, also a sense of insecurity and last but not least the possession of impulse control. I felt inspired to obtain another copy of this book and had it delivered personally to Mr Chan. I felt the success of Singapore as a country can also be attributed to the presence of the 3 named factors as they were a majority of people of Chinese descent who had the superiority feeling of a culture that dates back over 4,000 years yet had felt insecure as a small island with little or no resource to create a strong drive in them to succeed. With a strong impulse control culture to eradicate corruption and create a hard working and efficient work force, the small island state has indeed impressed the world with success of the conventional kind i.e. of wealth and a high standard of living.
A video to hear from the authors themselves about the book, Amy Chuah (a.k.a. The Tiger Mom) and her husband Jed Rubenfeld, both law professors from Yale, is found here.
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Kristin Greene, gave the welcome address to the new class, and spoke about her happiness at seeing the class gathered and ready to begin their College life.
“Out of 12,127 applications, you were selected not just because of your grades, or your extra-curricular activities, or your essays, although they were fabulous, but also because of your spirit, your passion, and your desire to make the most of the Yale-NUS experience,” she said to the new class in her address. “From here on, it is not what you have done in the past that matters, but rather what you will do during these four years that matters. You’ve run so hard to get where you are and now what you get is a blank slate to create who and what you want to be.”
The wealth and success of Singapore is not the only things to celebrate about on this National Day. Early in the morning before the sun rose, I set off to hike/run to Kent Ridge Park for an early morning testimony meeting arranged by members of Clementi Ward of our Church. Beautiful testimonies were shared about God and gratitude for the peace, freedom of religion and opportunities on the island that has attracted people from all over the world. The following photos may reflect the spirit shared :
...but would rather crawl onto the next one
She made it!