A Tiger Remembers: The Way We Were in Singapore

ANN ELIZABETH WEE (1926–2019) was a British-born Singaporean academic and social worker, who was called the founding mother of social work in Singapore. She was an associate professorial fellow at the National University of Singapore.

Ridge Books (First Published, 2017)
160 pages including Bibliography

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A Tiger Remembers: The Way We Were in Singapore is a memoir of Ann Elizabeth Wee, a British-born Singaporean academic and social worker, who was called the founding mother of social work in Singapore. Born in the Year of the Fire Tiger, Ann Wee moved to Singapore in 1950 to marry into a Singaporean Chinese family. One of Singapore’s pioneering social work educators, Ann shares her experiences frankly and with great humour. She remembers the things that history books leave out: questions of hygiene, terms of endearment, the emotional nuance in social relations, stories of ghost wives and changeling babies, rural clan settlements and migrant dormitories, what 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 marvelous to distinctly tatty: still, in one form or another, the best place for most of us to be”.

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction: Why this is a Memoir and Not a Work of Fictin

PART I
A BIT ON THE PERSONAL SIDE: CULTURE LEARNING NEAR THE OLD HOME

1. Tigerishness
2. Tiger at Downton Abbey!: A Teenage Experience “at the Coal Face”
3. “Problem of the Aged”?
4. An Assortment of Small Graves

PART II
MAINLY SINGAPORE: CULTURE LEARNING IN A NEW HOME

5. A Life Journey, with this and that Picked Up along the Way
6. Glimpses of World War I]: One Man Moves On from a Massacre
7. Children and Childhood in the Singapore Chinese Family: An Experience of Culture Learning
8. The Early Days of the Singapore Family
9. The Low-income Family Arrives: Singapore Housing before the HDB “Revolution”
10. The Singleton Dormitory: Constructing a Social System in the Absence of Family
11. Loos and Related Topics
12. Names: Fifty Shades of Getting Messed Around
13. Adoption: Some Highways and Byways
14. Ambushed by the Indian National Army
15. A Vignette of Violence
16. A Funeral in the Tan Family
17. A Short Meditation on the Subject of Wisdom

Conclusion
Bibliography

Weight0.225 kg
Dimensions21.6 × 14 × 0.7 cm
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