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A global city
What am I reading?
Joe Hollingsworth is a professor
of computer science at IU
Don Quixote
by Miguel de
I recommend this
book because, to
me, Cervantes is
an excellent story
teller.  I laughed,
chuckled, and often
felt empathy for Don Quixote and his
squire Sancho Panza.
Emperor of
All Maladies:
A Biography
of Cancer
Dr. Siddhartha
Dad imbued in
me the quality of
always wanting to
know how things
worked.  After
hearing an interview with Dr.
Mukherjee on NPR’s “Science
Friday,” I knew right away that this
book would go a long way toward
teaching me what scientists and
doctors have learned about the inner
workings of cancer.  Since then, my
daughter who is in medical school
has told me that her professors have
lauded the merits of this book.
Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson
I own an Apple
IIe, Mac Plus, and
many other Apple
products.  I’ve also
developed software
for at least three
different Apple
platforms.  I just
had to learn more about the person
behind Apple, and I’m finding out
many surprising things.
The History
of Singapore
is the work
of Associate
of Political
Science Jean
Abshire. Her
interest in
the country
on its
is really interesting in
that it is an incredibly diverse society
– they have three main ethnic groups
as well as recent immigrant groups,
yet they haven’t had any outbreaks of
ethnic problems since the birth of the
country in the mid-1960s,” she said.
“It led me to want to investigate more
about the country and how it developed
over time.”
The following is an excerpt from
History of Singapore
by Jean Abshire,
published by Greenwood Press.
“Many people think immediately of
China or India when they think of
rapid economic development through
globalization, but Singapore succeeded
in moving from third world to first
almost before China even entered the
race—and Singapore has come farther.
One of the Asian Tigers, together with
Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan,
these economies became famous for
their high economic growth rates and
rapid industrialization from the 1960s
onward. They achieved this through
intensive participation in the global
Many Westerners may think of harsh
government practices or strict societal
order when they think of Singapore.
This is due to high profile events such
as the 1994 caning … of American
teenager Michael Fay for vandalism,
references in the media to the fact
that littering and chewing gum
sales are illegal, and that drinking
or eating in the subway can merit a
several-hundred-dollar fine. When
Singaporeans think of what it means to
be Singaporean, for many the national
image is a globalized city-state, as
embodied by the slogan “Global City,
World of Opportunities”… However,
slogans do not begin to capture the
essence of this fascinating, colorful,
diverse, and globalized country. A
slogan does not show the vivid yellow
and magenta blooms of the flower
stalls in the Little India neighborhood
or tickle one’s nose with the incense
drifting from the Buddhist temple down
the street. It does not begin to depict
the towering skyscrapers of the Central
Business District that are filled with the
names of corporations from all around
the globe or the heat, noise, hustle, and
smells of a hawker center food court.
During the lunch rush people savor
Chinese, Malay, Indian, Indonesian,
European, or Japanese dishes reflecting
the amazing social diversity that is
Singapore, a diversity that comes
through Singapore’s position at the
leading edge of globalization.”
About the Author
Jean Abshire
is an associate
of political
science and
studies at IU
Southeast. A
member of
the faculty
since 2000,
Abshire teaches courses in comparative
politics and international relations,
such as European Politics, Asian
Politics, Comparative Public Policy,
and Nationalism, as well as a variety of
introductory classes. She received her
doctorate from Indiana University, and
her research interests include ethnicity
and nationalism, especially models of
managing ethnonationalist conflict
through public policies.