Why You Should Take Up a Language

KIS offers multiple languages you should consider taking at some point in your high school career!

KIS offers a variety of AP options, three of the many being language courses: Chinese, French, and Spanish. Starting from middle school, KIS offers introductory classes to its students for these languages to inspire interests in learning a second or third language. Taking up a third language is a lot of commitment and work, but also a highly recommended choice. Most colleges require their applicants at least two years of foreign language study to be considered because that is how critical the study of languages are today. Personally, as an AP French student, I encourage everyone to pick up another language at some point in their life because not only is it a useful tool for jobs,but also because it’s a good skill to have in this 21st century that we live in today. The world is closely intertwined by improved technology and social networking, and who knows? The advantage of speaking an additional language may open opportunities and easy your vacation in perhaps, Beijing? Paris?

A few teachers and students from the language department were interviewed about this topic.

 

Do you think it is important for students to pursue a third language? Why?

“It is important, but not that necessary. Chinese becomes popular in Korea because of business and political relations between China and Korean, so a lot of students take this language and they think it is useful for their future.”

– Ms. Chen (HS Chinese)

“It is a richness to know another language. Using the learned language in the target country is a unique experience that we cannot have when using the lingua franca (English most of the time)”

– Mr. Tebti (HS French)

 

Why did you choose to learn a third language and why did you select that language?

“I took a third language, Spanish, because I wanted to learn about a culture that was completely different from mine. I chose Spanish rather than French or Chinese, because I saw a Taco Bell commercial with a little dog saying “Yo quiero Taco Bel!” which means I want Taco Bell. I love Taco Bell as well, so I thought, why not give it a try. Now, I don’t regret taking this language, because one day I want to travel out to Costa Rica and have fluent conversations.”

– Tae-Young Uhm (’17, Spanish III)

 

  1. Sounds sophisticated.
  2. I just love French since I started learning!

– Lina Lim (11, AP French)

 

There is also the question of continuing the language that the students chose at some point in their student career. In KIS, it’s not uncommon to see students drop their language course after one or two years, or in other words, before the AP level. This may be due to the increased workload or the loss of interest in the subject, but if it isn’t the latter, one should endure and trudge on.

Do you think it is important for students to continue to pursue their third language?

“Yes, if they don’t they will simply forget it (too many people experienced losing a language they learned after they stopped, no matter how hard they tried to work on it by themselves), which is too bad after all the hard work they provide to learn it.”

– Mr Tebti (HS French)

 

Here’s Ms. Chen’s final thought that might just convince you to take on the challenge that you won’t regret.

“Learning a language, you learn culture as well. You can be more open minded to view the things and people around you. Language is a tool, a powerful way to communicate with a different part of the world. Language helps to think differently.”

– Ms Chen (HS Chinese)

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– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)

Korea’s Textbook Change

S. Korea’s Ministry of Education has officially commenced production of new history textbooks.

South Korea’s government has decided to put the production of middle and high school history textbooks under state control. This means that every single student will use the same history textbook. This plan to overhaul the textbook system was driven by the aftermath of a scandal in 2013, in which the Ministry of Education approved a textbook that depicted a distorted view of Korean history.

The minister of the Ministry of Education commented regarding the change, “This was an inevitable choice in order to straighten out historical errors and end the social dispute caused by ideological bias in the textbooks.” This move would end the current system that allows schools to choose their own textbooks from private publishing companies.

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However, there has been some disagreements regarding the change. The change, believed to have been politically motivated by opposition makers, has caught the eye of a democratic party of Korea (New Politics Alliance for Democracy), which insists that, “The Park government is trying to turn history books into government-controlled ones that glorify Japan and dictatorship.” Despite this argument, a prime point that has been brought up to refute this claim was that the new history textbook would prevent children from developing sympathy for North Korea and promote national unity in South Korea.

Another issue at hand was the source of the 4.4 billion budget for the production of the new textbooks. The budget is currently known to have come out of the government’s reserve fund. The very reserve fund that the Korean law allows the government to set aside up to 1 percent of for emergency use. The opposing democratic party (New Politics Alliance for Democracy) once again lambasted this move by saying “[The government] is using tax money set aside for situations like natural disasters to change the textbook for the worse. … The Park Geun-hye administration is undermining the parliament’s rights to set the budget,”

Despite talks amongst the parties, the remaining stages of the plan will continue and the use of the new textbook will be officially implemented starting February 2017.

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– Hyun Jung Choi (‘16)

Return of the Superheroes

Keep up with your superheroes as new seasons of Gotham, Arrow, and Flash are out for their fall premieres.

It’s fall season and our favorite superheroes are back with more action-packed plotlines and new villains. Few of the highest rating shows we have impatiently awaited that have returned for their brand new seasons are: Arrow, Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and The Flash. Anyone who watches any of these show has to admit that they are one of the most well-made shows all around, from their engaging plots to their memorable characters, no matter the size of their roles. Let’s get into brief recaps of two of these must-watch shows.

 

Arrow aired its new season this week and as usual, was not a letdown. Before I can rave about every part of the show, quick intro for those who are not acquainted with the oh-so-hot #absfordays Oliver Queen: Oliver was known as the Arrow, going around town with his squad (consisting of his girlfriend, his ex-girlfriend, his sister, and his bodyguard turned friend) and saving Starling City and facing many villains and overcoming many deaths and issues with his friends and family. Right before this fall’s season, Oliver faked being evil and emotionless to get into an elite evil mafia/cult-like group who he was apparently destined to be the leader of, to kill the then-current leader. This whole situation strained his relationship with a few people, strengthened some, and he eventually left with the love of his life to retire from being the Arrow. Back to this week’s episode, Starling City is under attack and his squad, left without its founder, is desperately trying to save it as usual until they realize the situation is bigger than they thought. The squad then calls Oliver for help and he reluctantly returns to his suit and arrows. The new villain in town, or should I say, back in town, is Damien Darhk who has made his own troop and has this new seemingly spiritual power that allows him to suck the life out of people. Let’s just say this is just the beginning and things are already started to look complicated and dangerous. Oliver decides to stay and go with a new code name which he has taken 70 episodes to say, “I am the Green Arrow.” So far so good. Arrow’s plotline from its very first season has been sensationally well-thought out (and I thought Smallville was good), so props to the writers for not having turned this superhero show into a hot cheesy mess as it turned out with many before adapted hero TV shows.

 

Gotham is definitely one to rave about. Gotham, as anyone may know, is the name of the city Batman saved and lived in. Remember Detective Jim Gordon? Gotham depicts his younger days working with the police department in the city where criminals lurk everywhere and even run the city. One of the side stories includes showing the life and shaping the future of our favorite Bruce Wayne a.k.a Batman, who is just a kid who has lost his parents. There is a new villain in the city who has taken some of the high profile criminals under his wing to make them his personal slaves who do the dirty work. Theo Galavan’s plan is to make his criminals wrek havoc in Gotham so that he can swoop in and ‘save’ the city to be looked as a renown hero. Now the acting job done by the criminals gathered up by Galavan is phenomenal. They are the stars of the season and what makes the show so thrilling and addicting. Every character on this show serves their purpose well and aces every facial expression and embodies their character on a level that cannot be overlooked. Some of the favorites that should be applauded and watched for are: Penguin played by Robin Taylor, Barbara Kean played by Erin Richards, and most of all, the short lived yet most memorable and twisted teen Jerome Valeska who is played by Cameron Monaghan. May I emphasize, Jerome Valeska, playing Theo Galavan who is comparable to a younger version of the Joker, has done an exceptionally sensational job in portraying his character. Watch the clips below. 10/10 for this show and should be on everyone’s list of must-watch TV shows.

 

– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)

African Art Hotter than Gold

The value of contemporary African art is skyrocketing prices and demand from investors worldwide. Art pieces bought back in 2008 have increased up to 10-fold in value today.

“You could buy a piece of good art for 20,000 Naira [about $100 at current conversion rates]. Today it would sell for millions,” Prince Yemisi Shyllon, reported to be Nigeria’s largest private art collector commented.

A leading factor of the increasing demand and value of African art is the exponential growth of African economies and the rising wealth of the middle class. More and more Africans are investing and spending their time and money in appreciating art and their culture. As we’ve all learnt in AP Economics, as the demand increases and the demand curve shifts to the right, the price undoubtedly increases.

These investments made in Africa have also caught the attention of the global market. Contemporary African artists have started fueling international exhibitions as their works continue to rise in fame. And this domino effect of holding auctions has raised much awareness especially in Europe and the US.

According to director of contemporary African Art auctions at Bonhams, Giles Peppiat, there are two principal reasons for this sudden awareness of African art: “Until about 15 years ago there was no email, there was virtually no internet and you can’t do these sales without modern communication. I also think it has to do with the general globalization of the art world. People are now much more used to seeing other cultures’ art at auction.”

These are some of the pieces that have been sold at unbelievable prices:

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‘Senufo Female’ Statue
An extremely rare ‘Senufo Female’ Statue curved by Ivory Coast-based artist, Master of Sinasso, sold for a record $12 million in November 2014. It was part of a $41.6 million worth of collection sold by an ambitious African art collector, Myron Kunin, at the Sotheby’s in New York.

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The Muninia mask, a previously unseen masterpiece, was auctioned off at Sotheby’s France for about $4.4 million, one of the highest price in history for an African mask.

Through these auctions, Africa has its golden opportunity to showcase African art to the world, as the fundamental role of art should not be overshadowed despite the investment appeal.

Africa’s booming contemporary art market is without doubt on its way to creating a legacy, and spectators are looking forward to what more can be presented to the world.

– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)

Donald Trump’s Candidacy

What will become of the billionaire’s simple-minded circus?

It’s more or less an accepted fact that the at-first laughing stock candidate, Donald Trump, may actually be a potential pathway for the Republican presidential nomination. So, here’s a quick crash course on Trump regarding his candidacy journey so far.

Firstly, hats off to Trump for exceeding the expectations of being just a media sham, and getting down to work straight away after announcing his candidacy in New York. Travelling to Iowa, New Hampshire, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Trump had a good kick start his campaign with rallies and speeches that has done a pretty decent job of swaying the people as proven by survey statistics.

However, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine for Trump- Trump has become fairly well known for his pretty potent criticism after declaring to run for presidency; he’s openly offended ‘the women’, ‘the Latinos’, Asians, immigrants, ‘the blacks’, Jews, Muslims, Mexicans, and the list goes on. And all of this surfaced during his first major debut as a Republican candidate on television on the August 6 Fox News Republican Debate. At the beginning of the debate, the candidates were asked if they would pledge not to run as an independent candidate in case they don’t win the Republican nomination, and Trump was the only candidate who refused to pledge. As one can see, Trump clearly has quite the assertiveness. Let’s not forget what Trump said about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly after the debate: as a “lightweight” with “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”. Despite the efforts by both Fox News and other candidates to crush Trump during the debate, Trump retained the first place after the debate, with an NBC News poll showing him at 23% not long after its air.

Let’s look at some of his standpoints on some of the major issues that have come up so far:

  1. “ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced”
  2. “I am against gun control”
  3. “Mexico & Latin America send us drugs, crime, and rapists”
  4. “Build great wall on southern border; have Mexico pay for it”
  5. “One-time 14% tax on wealthy to pay down national debt”

Not to mention his renown public comments that made it to becoming GIFs:

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It’s a political milestone really for the US as the billionaire real estate media mogul has become the consistent frontrunner for the Republican nomination. The question is whether people would really vote for such a personality and extremist views when it comes down to the 2016 elections. It will definitely be interesting to keep an eye on how Trump’s campaign turns out throughout the next few months.

– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)

Varsity Girl’s Volleyball Back Strong for Another Season

Introducing the dynamic VGV team.

This year’s Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team welcomes back 5 returning members, Sarah Chin (12), Faith Choi (12), Gina Lee (12), Hyun Jung Choi (12), and Yumi Kim (11). With 7 seniors having graduated and left the team, 8 new spots are filled by Lynn Baik (11), Hannah Lee (11), Lisa Han (11), Yu Jeong Lee (11), Amy Jung (10), Hannah McCullough (10), Yerina Kim (10), as well as newcomer Se Eun Park (12).

Having lost a big part of the team, the fairly new VGV team is working towards growing strong bonds and communication on and off the court. And having built up more experience and ‘teamness’ through the past few friendly games with SFS and YISS, the VGV team, led by Coach Kelly (Papa Kelly) and Coach Selbo (Mama Selbo), is back strong and ready for the 2015 season. Speaking of which, our girls beat SIS on Saturday at their first away game by 3 to 1 sets! What a comeback!

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(Yun Ji Chung)

As our girls continue their season covered in bruises, dreading climbing up the stairs block after block with sore muscles, and getting through the conditioning and practices as a team, the VGV team aims to win the KAIAC and AISA tournaments and continue on the KAIAC streak of all-round first place. So be there cheering for your fellow phoenix!

We can’t help but jump out of our seats when captains Sarah Chin (12) and Faith Choi (12) get their hits and blocks on point, when liberos Hannah Lee (11) and Lisa Han (11) get down low to dig them volleyballs, when hitters Gina Lee (12) and Se Eun Park (12) kill their cross shots, when setter Yumi Kim (11) sets and dives for every ball, and so on. Every member of the team has proven themselves as serious varsity players! So don’t miss out on the action at the home games on Wed Sept 16,  Sat Sept 19, Wed Oct 14 and Wed Oct 21! Let’s bring some school spirit and encourage our both the girls and boys teams to bring the trophies home!

 

Hyun Jung Choi (’16)

Interpreting Freedom of Speech

After incident after incident involving ISIS and terrorist, especially the one at Garland, TX, what should be our limits on free speech?

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(American Freedom Defense Initiative)

The recent ‘Muhammad Cartoon Contest’ held in Texas has been stirring controversy over our freedom of speech. This contest has been under heavy criticism and frankly referred to as “anti-Islam” by some. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) which rails at the ‘Islamification’ of America has been behind this contest, which awards $10,000 for the best cartoon depiction of Muhammad. Recently, two armed gunmen were shot outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, where the contest was held. This act of violence was seen as retaliation for insulting Islam and Muslims.  

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Pamela Geller (NPR)

“This is a war. This is war on free speech. What are we going to do? Are we going to surrender to these monsters? Two men with rifles and backpacks attacked police outside our event. A cop was shot; his injuries are not life-threatening, thank God. Please keep him in your prayers.”

– Pamela Geller, co-founder and blogger for the AFDI posted on her blog.  

 

It is true that Geller mentioned in other sources that the people of America are victims of supremacism and jihad. But despite the fact that Geller appears to be an anti-Islam extremist, he makes a valid point by stating that America’s freedom of speech is under attack. Free speech does not exist as an attack on any religion or race – should there even be a limit to free speech. Indeed, there are those who decide to take the major loopholes in the First Amendment and use it to moralize hateful actions towards certain individuals and groups. However, if there are no set laws, how else are we to interpret freedom of speech the ‘right’ way?

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Crime scene at Garland (Fox News)

 

Whether or not to set limitations on freedom of speech is a commonly discussed political issue pertaining our world today, and the incident at Garland, Texas has merely shined a light on an issue that is threatening to get out of hand. The federal government should be taking immediate action by putting down their foot on the issue once and for all to prevent further clashes.  

 

On the contrary to what the AFDI proclaims themselves to be, the AFDI is listed under another name “Stop Islamization of America” as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre. If this is a hate group that decided to hold a contest on who depict the most insulting and profane caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, it would without doubt enrage the Muslims. And as people of America, they also have every right to retaliate and express themselves. The significance is that they simply decided to resort to the criminal, illegal act of murder – a deed which is clearly stated as illegal by law. But was it wrong for the AFDI to hold the contest to begin with? Both sides here have taken the loopholes of free speech a step too far.  

 

At the end of the day, the question lies between whether we should be set limitations of freedom of speech or if we should continue to live with violent retaliations that put free speech under attack. However, keep in mind that it is an everyday occurrence such incidents like this happens. What do you think? Is freedom of speech under attack, and are there any solutions for this dilemma? Should freedom of speech be limited? And, more importantly, how should we rightfully interpret the nebulosity of our freedom of speech?  

 

– Hyun Jung Choi (‘16)

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The Return of Game Of Thrones

Your favorite TV show is back, and it’s better than ever.

After the leak of almost half of its new season before the season premiere (remember, true fans stay loyal–don’t spoil it for yourself and watch all four leaked episodes!), Game of Thrones still returns to HBO with its usual blood and nudity for its fifth season on Sunday with 8 million views–just as much (or more) views as it would have even without the leak.

This episode is everything any fan would have hoped for, with some serious, major plot points. As usual, my expectations were met not even within twenty minutes into the episode. The plotlines were entirely compelling, which is what makes us come back for more each episode.

Here’s a quick recap on what went down:

The episode opens with a flashback of little Cersei and her friend visiting a supposed witch in the woods. Cersei, no different than she is now, shows no mercy or fear for the witch and demands her fortune or it’d be the last time the witch would open her eyes. The witch obliges to the fiery little Cersei and tells her that she will be queen until a younger, more beautiful queen casts her down; and although the king will have 20 children, Cersei will have three. Well, the two obvious candidates for this younger queen are Margaery Tyrell and Daenarys Tagaryen but we know for sure Cersei will be keeping a good eye on Margaery.

Back to the present, Cersei keeps busy as usual; blaming Jamie for her father’s death, she becomes warier of Margaery and laughs off her cousin Lancel’s efforts to convert her to a strange religious group he is now a part of. We can clearly tell this introduction to a new group of beings is a start to a new conflict. Lancel may look like a typical harmless believer of religion in his plain clothes and short hair, but he sure seems sinister and too pure to be true.

Margaery then walks in on her brother, Ser Loras, engaged in some kinky swordplay with a man named Oliver, in the bedroom. The two siblings bemusedly discuss whether Tywin’s death means his engagement to Cersei is off and Loras plants the idea that Margaery would be stuck in King’s Landing with Cersei, the monster-in-law. Cunning, plotting Margaery, we all know she would deal with this with her conniving ways, and she does, by manipulating her new husband, the new King. Is it just me or is this war between Cersei and Margaery strongly in Margaery’s favor? Cersei is being cautious and clearly needs to step up her game. I didn’t feel her dominance and control over herself and the ones around her as much as I expected.

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Meanwhile, our favorite Lannister finally rolls out of a box and wastes no time in getting back to his favorite hobby- drinking and being pessimistic. However, Varys has other plans for Tyrion Lannister- he wants to take Tyrion to Meereen to meet Daenerys and see if it’s worth fighting for. Hallelujah, finally! The moment I’ve been waiting for. Finally, some sort of crossover between these storylines take a turn for the better and we’re hoping that Tyrion won’t be stubborn about it and thank goodness he isn’t. Instead, this news has Tyrion interested. Let the voyage begin!

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In Meereen, Daenerys is encountering problems of her own as her men are being targeted by the Sons of the Harpy, a group of men who have been going around murdering their targets in gold masks. Daenarys simply orders for their deaths. She deals with the fact that the freed slaves want their fighting pits back in a similar way- by shutting them down and ticking them off. Daario, her new love interest who has returned, suggests that Daenarys use her dragons to their full potential, “A dragon queen without dragons is not a queen.” Daenarys admits that she can’t control her dragons anymore as proved by the scene of her unsuccessful, terrifying visit to her two dragons who try to flambe her. Uh oh poor Dany, someone needs to find solution soon.

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In the free folk storyline, Stannis summons Jon Snow as Stannis wants to take Winterfell back. But he needs the wildlings that Jon is fond of to help him, and they’ll never do that unless Mance Rayder pledges his loyalty to Stannis. Let’s also not forget that awkward elevator scene between Snow and Melisandre… Mance, who refuses, ends up dead as Mance takes a direct hit in the chest by Snow’s arrow. No surprise there.

Elsewhere, Littlefinger is taking Sansa to a place “so far away from here, even Cersei Lannister can’t get her hands on you.” During their voyage in their carriage, they unknowingly pass by Brienne and Pod, who are having their own squabbles. Did anyone else want to scream at Brienne in that scene that Sansa is in that carriage and that they should just take her into their care right then and there?

 

I can’t wait for next week’s episode. A number of rich plotlines hit throughout this episode, yet so many questions waiting to be answered. Is Jon going to get away with what he’s done? Where is Arya Stark? What tricks does Margaery have up her sleeve? Will Tyrion get to Daenarys without trouble?

 

– Hyun Jung Choi (‘16)

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Cosmopolitan’s ‘Racist’ Beauty Guide

Stay woke.

Not too long ago, Twitter users began an uproar about Cosmopolitan’s new guide on beauty-do’s and beauty-don’ts. Readers and users were outraged that the online beauty feature, called “21 Beauty Trends That Need to Die in 2015”, suggested discrimination and racial hate against women of color. Nearly a fifth of the “R.I.P.” column features women of color. The ‘outs’ were entirely African American women while the ‘ins’ were all white women.

 

Despite being published back in January of this year, the article’s potentially discriminatory angle was just brought to light, after someone posted their opinions online. Needless to say, Twitter called the magazine out and accused them of being racist and immorally defining what constitutes beauty:

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Coincidence? Sounds like quite a big ‘slip to us, as women all over the world continue the backlash for Cosmo’s lack of judgement.

Before a formal apology, Cosmo replied to a Twitter user by simply saying, “Empowering and supporting all women is our mission, and here, we fell short. We apologize and will do better in the future.” As a direct reply tweet and not a stand-alone public tweet, people criticised the publication even more, slamming the apology as “flimsy” and “superficial”. What do you think?

To prevent further complications, an editor’s note was posted to the article a few days later: “This article focuses on beauty trends with images that represent those trends. Some images have been taken out of context, and we apologize for any offense. Celebrating all women is our mission, and we will continue to work hard to do that.”

Clearly, Cosmo failed to recognize the error which makes us question their stance on racial equality. What’s even more perturbing is that the article remains on Cosmo’s website until this very day, and there are no signs of them taking the initiative to remove it from the site after the controversy.

 

Cosmo continues to be under heat as angry readers and commentators on social media call for a boycott. With a doubt, the single publication has cost Cosmo a significant amount of faithful followers. Hopefully, future features will utilize more inclusive portrayals of beauty as well as racial equity.

 

– Hyun Jung Choi ‘16

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Lee Kuan Yew: The Man, The Legacy

Although he may be gone, his work and mark on modern day society will never be forgotten.

Lee Kuan Yew left us with an international legacy on the 23rd of March, 2015, at the age of 91. As prime minister for Singapore’s first three decades, Lee Kuan Yew raised and developed a poor third world country to the first world in a single generation. As it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a nation, Singapore today is an ultra-modern metropolis with a higher per capita GDP than the US, and, Southeast Asia’s richest, most advanced economy. The credit of all the achievements that attributed to the transformation to a successful nation, goes to Lee Kuan Yew who proves to be a disciplined and visionary role model for leaders all over the world.

Lee Kuan Yew, circa 20th century. (Jamal Rafaie)
Lee Kuan Yew, circa 20th century. (Jamal Rafaie)

Singapore has always worked smoothly (unlike countries such as China), and its people were prosperous under the care of Lee Kuan Yew. It was mentioned that Lee insisted that governance was first and foremost about results. His exact words were that “the acid test of any legal system is not the greatness or the grandeur of its ideal concepts, but whether, in fact, it is able to produce order and justice.”

Singapore before Lee Kuan Yew transformed it. (Skyscraper City)
Singapore before Lee Kuan Yew transformed it. (Skyscraper City)

The second most important role of the government according to Lee, is moral leadership. A good government requires its leaders to put the public’s needs and good unquestionably above their own personal interests.

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The third lesson is equal opportunity. Successful societies guarantee equal opportunities for all individuals and are still realistic about the fact that this will have complications and that full equality will be near impossible to reach. Lee believed that the essence of a successful society was the competition that came from the same level of playing field which would allow each individual to achieve his or her maximum fairly.

Singapore today. (World Finance Conference)
Singapore today. (World Finance Conference)

Fourth, Lee chose to take the route of discipline rather than democracy—that it’s better to nurture a nation rather than let it be. He had serious reservations about liberal democracy as in the US, and he dismissed the fact that being liberal was a part of improving lives. He believed that Asia simply wanted a better life though equality in society.

 

Lee Kuan Yew, no doubt, left a significant influence on not only Singapore and its people, but also governments and leaders around the world. His legacy will continue to endure. As tens of thousands of people line the streets of Singapore to bid farewell to the founding father of their city-state, it is time for global leaders to question whether what they’ve been doing, testing ideology, is the right way to govern and nurture their nations.

 

– Hyun Jung Choi ‘16

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Captions: Faith Choi (’16)