Today, as part of The Hieno! “What is Finnish-ness” series celebrating Suomi 100 in 2017, we feature Her Excellency Paula Parviainen, the Finnish ambassador to Singapore. Enjoy the interview! ♡
The Hieno! is the official partner of the Finland 100 independence programme: What is “Finnish-ness”? led by the Prime Minister’s Office. Today we have the huge privilege of featuring Carol Chen as our first interviewee.
This post is about the lack mentality Vs the nurturing mentality. Using the analogy of the Garden of Eden, I explain this difference in the premise of thought by Finns and Singaporeans.
“Way back in 1965 we found ourselves suddenly independent. If you lose that Chinese education and you go completely English-educated, you will lose that drive, that self-confidence. That is what is wrong. The danger is, if you are Chinese-educated and only Chinese-educated, you are monolingual, then your source of literature will be communist. That is big trouble. But if you are bilingual, you have binocular vision, then you see the world in 3-D.”– Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father, 1977.