This excerpt of Lee Hui Min’s bestseller Growing Up under the Lee Kuan Era is translated from Chinese into English by five young participants of Select’s Translator Mentorship Program. Ranked as an influential book of the year by China’s largest books website, the book provides a personal view of Singapore’s rapid economic development and the costs it entailed.
“The freedom to be is the freedom to be human. I longed for a day where we can stop categorising people and assigning stereotypes upon them. I longed to traverse this wide-open space freely; to interact and learn from one another as fellow humans; a free spirit of a truly open world.” Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib reflects.