In 2011, Gale Asia published, to wide critical acclaim, the first ten volumes of The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew: Speeches, Interviews and Dialogues, a compilation of four decades(1950–1990) of speeches, interviews and press conference presentations delivered by the founding father of modern Singapore during her formative years to her rise to prominence as an Asian Tiger.
Now we are proud to present its continuation, The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew: Speeches, Interviews and Dialogues (1990–2011). These new volumes cover Lee Kuan Yew’s tenures as senior minister and minister mentor, starting with Lee’s interview with Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) on 18 December 1990 and ending with his speech at NTUC’s 50thanniversary dinner on 13 May 2011, chronicling Lee’s political statements and thoughts as the nation went through significant changes and crises, such as the Asian financial crisis of 1997, the SARS outbreak of 2003, and the intense fight against terrorism. Lee stepped down as minister mentor on 21 May 2011.
Also included in the new ten-volume set is a cumulative index volume that has been compiled to gather all the index entries included in volumes 1 to 19 that span a period of six decades (1950–2011). This will help readers and scholars to easily and quickly locate terms and topics they are interested in across the volumes.
•The most comprehensive collection of various types of presentations of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding prime minister of Singapore.
•A first-hand source for examining the thoughts of Lee over two decades (1990–2011)on a wide range of topics such as multiracial harmony, population growth, foreign talent, productivity, language education, anti-terrorism, crisis control, regional cooperation (ASEAN), relations with the United States, mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan, Hong Kong’s handover to China, and free trade agreements.
•Rare historical photos are dispersed throughout the volumes to give readers a sense of time and place.
•Some terms and names are annotated to help readers who are not familiar with certain content that is unique to Singapore and Southeast Asia.
•A cumulative index to all 19 volumes (1950–1990 and 1990–2011) for convenient research.
About Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew (1923– ) is a prominent Singapore statesman. He was the first prime minister of the Republic of Singapore and governed the island nation for three decades(1959–1990). By the time he stepped down to enable a smooth leadership renewal, he had become the world’s longest-serving prime minister. He was Singapore’s senior minister from 1990 to 2004 and then minister mentor from 2004 to 2011. As one of the founders and the first secretary-general of the People’s Action Party, he led the party to eight victories from 1959 to 1990, oversaw the separation of Singapore from Malaysia in1965, and engineered its subsequent transformation from an underdeveloped colonial outpost with no natural resources into a first-world Asian Tiger. He has remained one of the most influential political figures in Southeast Asia.