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Digging beneath statistics and reports, this book explores the human and humorous side of expat life in Singapore, through the delightfully different narrative styles of 20 expatriates living in this bustling Singapore.
The contributors are a truly ecletic group - kindergarden teachers, financial planners, editors, engineers and more - who come from a wide range of countries: India, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, the UK, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Korea, Philippines, Germany, China and Hungary. Their range of experiences is bound to provide new insights for anyone reading this book.
Joys, discoveries, frustrations, tips, cultural slips, quirky personalities, provocative insights, raunchy digs -this book has it all!
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Dr. Madanmohan Rao is a consultant and prolific author, blogger and tweeter on subjects ranging from knowledge management and new media to world music and travel.
Madan grew up in India, went to graduate school in the US, and worked in Italy and Brazil. He was formerly communications director at the United Nations Inter Press Service bureau in New York, and vice president at IndiaWorld Communications in Bombay.
He is the editor of five book series: The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook, The Knowledge Management Chronicles, AfricaDotEdu, World of Proverbs and The Global Citizen .Review:
'A very good read that enriches one's perspective of the unique 'global in the local' nature of Singapore society.'
- Sundeep Muppidi, Secretary General, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Singapore
'It is an interesting and useful contribution to the ongoing national debate on PRs and citizenship.'
- K. U. Menon, Senior Consultant, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
'This book provides eye-opening information not only for expatriates but also for Singaporeans.'
- Jasmine Chia, Manager of Business Services & HR, Asia Pacific, Lufthansa German Airlines
'An excellent read that provides the opportunity for Singaporeans to look at themselves through the eyes of the expatriate community, and learn to value the many, many wonderful things Singapore is, which we seem to take for granted.'
- Shahira Daud, Education Officer, Ministry of Education
'Stories about what it means to live in Singapore rather than hard facts are a great way to discover the multiple worlds which co-exist and negotiate their space in this small island of diversity. An interesting read not just for newcomers, but also for locals - as Singapore viewed in the eyes of 'the other' is a great mirror for the 'self'.'
- Katelijn Verstraete, Project Manager for Cultural Exchange, Asia Europe Foundation
'I regret that I have but one pair of eyes with which to see the wide world. I am grateful that Many Ships One Boat provides a forum in which 20 people from various backgrounds share their perspective of 'our' new home. Bravo!'
- Andrea Brandle, Canadian expat author
'A fascinating collection of stories by the brave, hard-working strangers in a strange land who have in many cases left friends and family behind to make Singapore their home. While speaking of themselves and their struggles, setbacks, and triumphs they reveal intriguing glimpses of the robust, structured, and sometimes contradictory economic and social life of Singapore and its patchwork of cultures. The book really is fascinating - the more I read, the more I wanted to read!'
--Michael Suss, LMRS Publications, Webster, Massachusetts
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Book Description Booksmith, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M981087927X