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Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s active promotion of Putonghua: After two generations into a language


Singapore teachers in the classroom to teach Chinese.

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s active promotion of Putonghua: After two generations into a language

BEIJING, September 17 Xinhua Singapore hit by global economic crisis, more attention to strengthen relations with China and the strategic urgency of efforts are being made to the local Chinese bilingual advantage as the starting point, struggling to take China’s rapid economic development of the Express. Singapore is a multi-ethnic country, has been the dominant language is English, but now Singapore leaders predicted that Mandarin could become their own future, the dominant language, are actively encouraging people to learn Chinese. Hong Kong, “Wen Wei Po” 17 reported that Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew predicted that, Putonghua in two generations of Singaporeans would become the mother tongue.

In Singapore’s Chinatown, the voices, the purchase of July Halloween Taijiadoumang used incense and fruit, etc., while the bustling crowd can always hear the Chinese Mandarin and English both languages. Chinatown, a shopkeeper, said: “in Chinese and English are important, because different situations require different languages. But the Chinese are increasingly important.”

Learning Chinese in Singapore Promotion Committee Chairman Lin Shaofen (transliterated), said: “China’s importance on the world stage is increasing, while ethnic Chinese Singaporeans in dealing with Chinese people, both in language and cultural advantage.”

Hope into a “China-centered” grab overseas enterprises

Singapore’s first Prime Minister and current Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 2009, Mandarin campaign launch ceremony, said: “another two generations, Mandarin will become our mother tongue.” As China’s business interests in Southeast Asia, expanding , Lee Kuan Yew want Singapore to become the region’s “China-centered,” while Singapore companies can consolidate their position in China, in foreign companies to gain first-mover advantage.

Chinese government-backed promotional activities began in 1979, the aim is to allow different district unification of Chinese speak Mandarin; their predecessors in the 19th century and early 20th century, came to Singapore, because of said different dialects, resulting in future generations people, speaking in a different dialect. For the majority of ethnic Chinese in Singapore, while ethnic minorities are also a large number of Malays and Indians. The promotion of Putonghua in the early days, the organizers do not encourage the Chinese Taiwanese-speaking and other dialects.

According to government data, now the majority of Singaporeans have been able to speak Mandarin at home, so the focus has shifted to the promotion of Putonghua speaking and writing fluency extent. Advantages in the Chinese with the help of Singapore is currently the senior management of multinational operations in China in the cultivation hotbed, because many multinational companies in China suffer from recruit the right local talent.

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