Chinese Education in Singapore: An untold story of conflict and change

ABOUT Zhixiong Zhang

Zhixiong Zhang



Strife. That's the Chinese word tattooed on the wrist of the raised fist.

The story about conflict in Singapore's Chinese community was always told from the viewpoint of the British colonizers. The perspective of a Chinese coolie was never written down. Until now. Set between the founding of Singapore and the shuttering of Nanyang University, this astonishing story is a colorful account of secret societies and their wars, of Sinitic languages and dialects, and of suppressions by a colonial government in a free port. Its pages are not crammed with historical facts and dates, but filled with the experiences of Chinese migrants over 200 years. It is an impression of their achievements and a witness to their weakness of character.

Readers on Goodreads have expressed great enthusiasm:
“...rated 5 of 5 stars.

A very awesome book cover, great maps, illustrations, font & writing style. A very well written historical Asian culture book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment ... Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make great Asian movie, animated cartoon, PP presentation or mini TV series (A & E, History channel). Fascinating. A very easy rating of 5 stars.”

“...rated 5 of 5 stars.
A very easy read. It was well-written and easy to follow. I thought it would be a dull educational-type book but much to my surprise it was very entertaining from all the way through.

I highly recommend this book.”

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