For the month of February, I managed to squeeze in five books.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Outrageously crazy and lavishly unbelievable, this novel offers an insight into the world of uber-rich Chinese families. Hold on as you endure the gossip, backstabbing and scheming among the elites. You will encounter issues such as the clash between old money and new money and between overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese, as well as traditions and beliefs on who you should and should not marry.
At the end, you start to question the notion of whether money is the all-in-all and whether there are more important things in life, such as being accepted for who you are and being loved.
Goh Keng Swee: A Legacy of Public Service by Emrys Chew and Chong Guan Kwa. One of the key architects behind Singapore’s success, Dr Goh’s contributions to Singapore can still be felt and seen today. Particularly instructive are the examples of Dr. Goh’s thinking patriotism, fiscal prudence, strategic pragmatism, and creative imagination at work — technocracy at its finest — which could be of immediate, practical benefit to a wider ‘nation of technocrats’.
This book is a must read for public servants, especially, and Singaporeans who want to learn of the country’s history as well as the man behind its success.
Remote-entrepreneurship by Joseph Ong. I was inspired by Joseph after attending his talk one Saturday morning and after that I knew I had to read his work. His book is like a fresh breath of air into the field of entrepreneurship. Based on his 10-year journey and experiments while running his business, remote entrepreneurship will help aspiring entrepreneurs overcome their fear and dilemma of leaping from the corporate world to starting a business.
One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong. This is like a story gone wrong or wine that turned bad. The one-child policy in China have resulted in a population that is too old and too male. Years of unbelievable economic growth may be hindered in the next decade due to the effects of this policy such as the “Little Emperor” generation and the lack of young workers to support an ageing population. This book serves as a stark reminder that policies may have repercussions that may severely impact the future generations in ways that policy makers then could not imagine.
Let’s give it up for Gimme Lao! By Sebastian Sim. The finalist for the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize weaves social, economic and political issues with the twists and turns in a family. In the spirit of #BuySingLit which is to celebrate stories from Singapore, I think this would make for an entertaining read.