A Tiger Remembers

The Way We Were In Singapore

Ann Wee | NUS Press | 2016

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Born in the Year of the Fire Tiger, Ann Elizabeth Wee moved to Singapore in 1950 to marry into a Singaporean Chinese family, travelling by ship into a world of cultural expectations and domestic rituals that she would eventually come to love. Her work in Singapore’s fledging social welfare department in the 1950s only deepened her cross-cultural learning and appreciation for the shapes and forms of the Singapore family.

One of Singapore’s pioneering social workers, Ann shares her experiences frankly and with great humour. Her talent is for remembering the things that history books leave out: the embarrassing bits, questions of hygiene, terms of endearment, the emotional nuance in social relations, the stories of convicts, ghost wives and changeling babies, rural clan settlements and migrant dormitories, the things that disappeared when families moved into HDB estates.

Affectionately observed and wittily narrated, with a deep appreciation of how far Singapore has changed, this book brings to life the country’s social transformation by talking about the family, “in its 101 different shapes and sizes, with its capacity to cope which ranges from truly marvellous to distinctly tatty: still, in one form or another, the best place for most of us to be”.

ISBN: 9789814722377

Cover Type: Paperback

Page Count: 160

Year Published: 2016

Language: English

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The Way We Were In Singapore

Born in the Year of the Fire Tiger, Ann Elizabeth Wee moved to Singapore in 1950 to marry into a Singaporean Chinese family, travelling by ship into a world of cultural expectations and domestic rituals that she would eventually come to love. Her work in Singapore’s fledging social welfare department in the 1950s only deepened her cross-cultural learning and appreciation for the shapes and forms of the Singapore family.

One of Singapore’s pioneering social workers, Ann shares her experiences frankly and with great humour. Her talent is for remembering the things that history books leave out: the embarrassing bits, questions of hygiene, terms of endearment, the emotional nuance in social relations, the stories of convicts, ghost wives and changeling babies, rural clan settlements and migrant dormitories, the things that disappeared when families moved into HDB estates.

Affectionately observed and wittily narrated, with a deep appreciation of how far Singapore has changed, this book brings to life the country’s social transformation by talking about the family, “in its 101 different shapes and sizes, with its capacity to cope which ranges from truly marvellous to distinctly tatty: still, in one form or another, the best place for most of us to be”.

ISBN: 9789814722377

Cover Type: Paperback

Page Count: 160

Year Published: 2016

Language: English

Ann Wee

Often described as the founding mother of social work in Singapore, Ann Wee arrived in Singapore in 1950. Her contributions to social work extended to her shaping the education system for social work undergraduates. She is now an associate professorial fellow at the National University of Singapore.

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NUS Press publishes academic books and journals, as well as general non-fiction. Our home market is Singapore and Southeast Asia, but our books are distributed internationally. We publish books of special relevance to Southeast Asia and we maintain a disciplinary focus on the humanities and social sciences. Books and memoirs meant mostly for a general audience and to be sold in bookshops are published under our Ridge Books imprint. We publish some 30 books a year.

NUS Press currently publishes three academic journals: China: An International Journal (for the East Asian Institute at NUS), The Journal of Burma Studies(for the Center for Burma Studies, Northern Illinois University), and The Asian Bioethics Review (for the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore in collaboration with the Hastings Center Report).  We are accepting new journal proposals. Please contact us at npubox5[@]nus.edu.sg if you are interested to start a new journal.

The National University of Singapore Press is heir to a tradition of academic publishing in Singapore that dates back some 60 years, starting with the work of the Publishing Committee of the University of Malaya, beginning in 1954. Singapore University Press was created in 1971 as the publishing division of the University of Singapore. The University of Singapore merged with Nanyang University in 1980 to become the National University of Singapore, and in 2006 Singapore University Press was succeeded by NUS Press, bringing the name of the press in line with the name of the university.

Our publishing mission is to enable the dissemination and creation of knowledge through the publishing of scholarly and academic books; and to empower learning, innovation and enterprise for the Singapore- and Asia-focused global community. All NUS Press books must be approved by a Publishing Committee, drawn from the ranks of the academic staff at the National University of Singapore. Within NUS, the Press is positioned as a unit of NUS Enterprise. The Press is 100% owned by the National University of Singapore and is currently managed by Peter Schoppert.

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