Evolution of an identity

Being Chinese in Singapore: Integrating newcomers

Singapore in the last two decades has seen many newcomers from China. The number of residents born in China, Hong Kong and Macau stood at about 175,200 in 2010, up by 13 per cent from about 155,000 in 2000.
Singapore in the last two decades has seen many newcomers from China. The number of residents born in China, Hong Kong and Macau stood at about 175,200 in 2010, up by 13 per cent from about 155,000 in 2000. PHOTO: ST FILE

Ms Qiu Yanyun, 38, is a Chinese-language teacher in a primary school here. Born in Shanghai but brought up in Beijing, she came to Singapore in 1999 to study at the National University of Singapore on a Ministry of Education scholarship.

She became a permanent resident (PR) in 2004 and then a citizen in 2011. Her husband of five years is a local-born Singaporean who works at listed ST Engineering.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline 'Integrating newcomers'. Print Edition | Subscribe