Eurasian Association launches book on contributions of outstanding pioneers

Eurasian Association president Benett Theseira (right) presenting the book Our City, Our Home: Singapore Eurasians 1965-2015 to Mr S Iswaran on March 19, 2016.
Eurasian Association president Benett Theseira (right) presenting the book Our City, Our Home: Singapore Eurasians 1965-2015 to Mr S Iswaran on March 19, 2016.PHOTO: THE EURASIAN ASSOCIATION
Eurasian Pioneers featured in the book Our City, Our Home: Singapore Eurasians 1965-2015.
Eurasian Pioneers featured in the book Our City, Our Home: Singapore Eurasians 1965-2015.PHOTO: THE EURASIAN ASSOCIATION

SINGAPORE - The Eurasian Association of Singapore has launched a book to recognise contributions from outstanding people in its community.

Our City, Our Home: Singapore Eurasians 1965-2015 features 50 Eurasians who have contributed to the country in different areas of expertise, including sports, education and the arts. It was produced with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and National Heritage Board.

Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry, who was guest of honour at Saturday's launch event at the association's Ceylon Road premises, said: "Besides contributing to the growth and development of Singapore, Eurasians have played an important role in forging a strong sense of nationhood among Singaporeans, while adding to the richness and diversity of our multi-racial society."

He pointed to Singapore's second President Dr Benjamin Henry Sheares as one of Singapore's most prominent Eurasians.

Mr Iswaran noted Dr Sheares' achievement of becoming he first Singapore obstetrician to qualify as a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of England, despite coming from a humble family.

"At the age of 63, and with a keen sense of duty, he accepted the honour and responsibility of being our nation's President," he said.

Mr Iswaran said of the book: "It is an important contribution to Singapore's collective sense of history and identity which enlivens the grit and determination of the pioneer leaders of Singapore and the Eurasian community."